Button, who spent three seasons as Hamilton’s team-mate at McLaren, stated that the seven-time champion has adjusted his expectations accordingly as a result of Mercedes' recent struggles.
“It’s great to see Lewis so upbeat,” said Button on Sky Sports.
“He got out of the car and jumped his mechanics. Lewis finishing second used to be a thing where he was disappointed.”
Hamilton has Perez in his sights
For a driver as successful as Hamilton, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez has always been a slight bogey track. The 38-year-old has only ever won twice in Mexico.
“He can see progress,” Button continued.
“Especially after last weekend’s disqualification. This is a big deal to him. Also, to keep those tyres working until the end of the race.”
While Hamilton has returned to his best, team-mate George Russell has often found himself as the best of the rest of the top three teams. Given the form and results of Hamilton, Button feels for the younger Mercedes driver.
“For George? It’s tricky," he said.
"Your team-mate is second and you’re sixth. It’s tough, it really is.”
Russell will be laser-focused on this Sunday as F1 heads to where earned his maiden win, the Brazilian Grand Prix.
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