Lewis Hamilton full of respect for Jenson Button

Lewis Hamilton praises Jenson Button for his longevity as the McLaren driver prepares for his 250th Grand Prix.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has praised his former teammate Jenson Button ahead of the 34-year-old's 250th race this weekend at the Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton said that the sport does not get easier with age, and is impressed with the way that the McLaren driver can keep coming back strongly each year.

"I have a huge amount of respect for Jenson, watching him come back every year, to have that motivation, because as you get older it gets harder," Hamilton is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

"It gets harder to train, even for younger people, and every year it gets harder and harder to challenge, and how you spend your energy is different every year. Yet every year he is on it, focused, and especially this year as his dad's not with him, who has been with him all these years.

"Even so, he is still there, still working away, and I take my hat off to him. He's a great athlete. I can only hope and dream I get to have as long and as successful a career as he has had."

By the end of the season Button should become the driver with the third-highest number of races in Formula 1.

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP (L) celebrates on the podium with second placed Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP after the Malaysian Grand Prix on March 30, 2014
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