Button will not qualify

Reports from Monaco indicate that Jenson Button will not take part in this afternoon's qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix after his big accident in the last practice. Button crashed at over 180mph at the chicane after the tunnel and was...

Reports from Monaco indicate that Jenson Button will not take part in this afternoon's qualifying session for the Monaco Grand Prix after his big accident in the last practice. Button crashed at over 180mph at the chicane after the tunnel and was taken to hospital.

The Englishman is alert and uninjured but still feeling unwell from the heavy impact and will remain in hospital for the rest of the day. Team boss David Richards has visited Button and says he will race tomorrow if he is fit enough: "He just wants to get back in the car and race!" Richards commented.

The cause of the crash is still unknown: "Jenson was certainly close to the barriers but whether the car stepped out of line we don't know," said technical Geoff Willis. "It didn't look anything to be concerned about and we discussed it with Jacques before he went out. From what we saw, Jenson just got off line."

Jacques Villenueve also had a meeting with the barriers in the same practice but a much smaller incident. If Button is unfit to race, BAR will only be able to field one car. Third driver Takuma Sato is unavailable to take part in this afternoon's qualifying -- a driver must qualify in one of the two sessions to be able to be in the race.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Geoff Willis , David Richards