Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz have hit back at former world champion Jacques Villeneuve for his verbal attack on Formula One sensation Lewis Hamilton.
The 1997 driver's champion, who retired at the end of last season, slammed the McLaren rookie for being too aggressive at the start of races with "chopping moves" and suggested the young Briton deserved to be penalised.
The 36-year-old Canadian, who in his first season in 1996 amassed a rookie record 78 points, won four races and enjoyed 11 podium finishes, also labelled Hamilton's red-hot start to his F1 career lucky.
Hamilton, 22, has been setting records of his own, with five podium finishes from the first five races of the season, and his fellow drivers rallied to his cause in Montreal ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
"I think Jacques might find it more and more difficult in the future to find comments he can give," Williams driver Wurz said. "I see nothing wrong with the moves he [Hamilton] is making. It's hard to defend your line."
Fisichella did not comment on Hamilton's actions but he rounded on Villeneuve, adding: "Jacques says quite a lot of things in the media right now. He talks too much."
Hamilton's fellow Briton Jenson Button steered clear of the controversy, however, when he said: "I've been so far back, at the back of the grid, that I haven't seen any of the moves that have been going on. I wish I had but I haven't."
The Honda Racing driver was more concerned with his team's own problems.
Button and team-mate Rubens Barrichello have failed to score any points in 2007 and, although the Briton saw improvements in qualifying in Monaco a fortnight ago, the performance did not translate to the race.
"It was an improvement definitely," Button said. "But, in the race, we didn't perform like we expected.
"We didn't get into the points, which I was hoping for, but 19 cars finished and we finished halfway up the grid, which is an improvement for us.
"But we didn't have the best strategy. We thought we did going into the race, you always do, but it turns out we didn't. Our results in practice weren't correct with the tyres and how long they lasted throughout the race. But it's all good experience for here."
Button believes Honda will get stronger as the season continues.