The 2009 world champion Jenson Button believes that Max Verstappen is the reason for Lewis Hamilton’s continued passion for the sport.

This is the first time in eight seasons that Mercedes is faced with a challenge from another team while fighting for the championship. Button thinks that Verstappen and Red Bull have put an exceptional fight to the reigning world champions this season. Subsequently, it is the reason for Hamilton’s future in F1.

“Most of the years we get three of four races into the season and we think it’s going to be a Mercedes championship, it’s probably going to be Lewis Hamilton.”

“I think Lewis is enjoying it, he’s enjoying the fight with someone. He knows how talented Max is and how good Red Bull are.”

“It’s an exciting fight for him and that’s what’s keeping him interested in F1 and why he’s probably got this new contract for the next two years.”

Despite Hamilton trailing the championship by 32 points, Button thinks that the Briton is going to embrace this challenge and fight it to the very end.

“This year he has a challenge on his hands. I know that he is behind in the championship at the moment to Max, but he will be fighting later in the year I have a feeling.”

He added that Mercedes has been dominant at Silverstone in the past which will make the race exciting this weekend.

“Silverstone is a circuit where their car works really well so it should be a really close fight with the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.”

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