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04/29/10
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Button 'best F1 driver in wet' - Villeneuve
Jenson Button has proven naysayers wrong
(GMM)  Jacques Villeneuve says he is happy for his former teammate Jenson Button, as the reigning world champion continues to lead the world of formula one.

The pair had an initially acrimonious relationship as BAR teammates in 2003, but Villeneuve has since declared his admiration for the Briton's talents.

French Canadian Villeneuve, 39, said he has been particularly impressed this year with Button's driving in the wet, including wins in Australia and China that have given him the world championship lead.

"Jenson was always quick in the rain but now he's becoming increasingly recognized as the best in the field," he told Canada's Rue Frontenac.

"Michael always had that reputation in the past but I think Jenson has passed him now in the minds of observers," added Villeneuve.

"But I also don't forget about Alonso, who did an exceptional race on the wet track of Shanghai," he said.

Villeneuve said Button's "really great start" to 2010 with McLaren proves his world championship was well deserved.

"To change teams and stay among the best shows that it was no fluke," said the winner of 11 grands prix.  "I am really happy for him."

As for his former nemesis Schumacher, Villeneuve thinks the seven time world champion's comeback so far has been "disappointing".

"This is his first big disappointment.  He did well at first for a guy who has not raced for three years, but then the results were disappointing."

But he still thinks Mercedes was right to entice the 41-year-old German out of retirement.

"Michael is useful even if he's not winning, and nobody can take away his seven titles or that he is one of the best in history.

"And when Rosberg beats him with the same equipment, it cements Nico's reputation much more than if he were beating someone else," added Villeneuve.

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