Schumacher Hails Top Class Button

Michael Schumacher hit back at comments coming from Flavio Briatore towards current Formula One Championship leader Jenson Button. After the Renault boss called the British driver a “paracarro” (concrete roadside post in Italian), 7-time world champion Schumacher insisted that Button proved himself several times inside the series.

The fact that he only got to shine after a hundred-and-some races in the Great Circle – his win in Hungary (2006) hardly counts, as it was the result of a chaotic and quite lucky race – is only related to the fact that he never had a competitive car to win races with, argued the German ace. Schu reminded Briatore of the time the British driver first stepped into Formula One, as he constantly outpaced then-experienced teammate and already race winner Ralf Schumacher.

When Jenson arrived in F1 you could see straight away that he was highly talented. He was out-qualifying and sometimes outracing his teammate. If you see a driver (Ralf) who has some experience and a new kid comes in and straight away matches the pace, then you see that they are highly talented,” said Schumacher in an interview with British newspaper The Daily Telegraph.

The German also argued that another living proof of Button's talent is the fact that, given the proper package, he failed to miss. The British driver has so far won 4 out of 5 races this season, while scoring a podium in the non-winning event. The way he delivered this season shows he's champion material, added the Ferrari advisor.

When I saw that I could tell very clearly how good he was. He showed that when he has a package that is built around him with the ability he has then he can be absolutely top level.”

Button is currently leading the drivers' classification with an overall 41 points, some 14 points ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello.
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