Big crash for Button in practice

Jenson Button appears to be fine, if a little shaken, after a huge crash in Saturday practice for the Monaco GP. Coming out of the tunnel, the BAR hit the barrier, careered across the track and hit the opposite wall. The car was badly damaged and...

Jenson Button appears to be fine, if a little shaken, after a huge crash in Saturday practice for the Monaco GP. Coming out of the tunnel, the BAR hit the barrier, careered across the track and hit the opposite wall. The car was badly damaged and Button spent some time trapped in the wreckage before the medics managed to extract him.

Jenson was taken to the medical centre before being moved to the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco. Reports from FIA medical advisor Prof. Sid Watkins so far indicate Button is fully conscious and seems to have no broken bones.

It's not known what caused the accident, although it seems it could have been suspension failure or a puncture. Whether Jenson will take part in this afternoon's qualifying session is also unknown.

"He's alright," BAR boss David Richards said. "He's perfectly ok and I'm going to see him now in hospital. Jenson is having a check-up but hopefully he will be okay to drive this afternoon -- we'll have to wait and see,"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , David Richards