Hamilton is the one supposedly miles ahead of Jenson with Jenson not in his league etc. etc. etc. Yet, the the points tally doesn't reflect this. A points tally spanning three seasons. Hamilton isn't the one who needs his abilities explained. It's Jenson who needs his explained.
While Hamilton is better on pace, he's not as good mentally, in race craft or team leading as Jenson. Button came on as the underdog and 'stole the show' within the team. Those who are enamored by speed only, will always be at odds with those who come along and do better despite not being as quick as their darling 'quick' driver.
Button is lacking in pace compared to Hamilton... perhaps the quickest of all the drivers on the grid now. It's not that Button isn't quick. It's not that Alonso isn't quick.
I'm comparing the two drivers and not making absolute statements/claims even if they seem that way from my admittedly dodgy wording. For me, Hamilton's speed doesn't make up for his other issues and this is why he's not as successful as he could be given the equipment that he's had at his disposal since his career's start. Button makes up for his pace through his strength in other areas. One could actually argue that neither of them are complete since Button's lack of pace compared to Hamilton is too much. I don't have much of an issue with that POV actually.
I'd not at all be surprised if they continued to score similarly in the points given a chance at another season. But we'll never know. For me, their pretty much equal performance level as a result of a different mix of strength/weaknesses is a point well made. Time for something different as we'll get with Hamilton now at Mercedes.
There is a lot in there that can derail this thread quite quickly, but to keep on their time as teammates Button did score more points. However Hamilton finished ahead in two of the three seasons. And during their time the only outlier is 2011 when Hamilton picked the best year to screw up as Vettel was untouchable. Sure Hamilton had good cars in 2010 and 2012, but so did Button and coincidentally he finished lower in the standings in both years. Also that Hamilton isn't as good mentally or doesn't have good race craft is utter bull. Outside the cockpit sure he hasn't made the wisest decision, but can anyone really say that they haven't done something they regretted later? Inside however he had a almost flawless year, the only thing he did wrong was defend against a foolish Maldonado and made the wrong set up choice in Spa which saw him caught up with Grosjean. Besides that what more could he have done??
Hamilton has proved that he is one of the best, and while the -27 was a championship contender for Hamilton it never really was for Button. After Canada Jenson's title hopes are all, but over. Im not sure how next year would fair as the-28 will be very similar to the-27 because the rules haven't changed much, and Jenson has said he was not happy with the -27.