Button dispute nearing resolution

Button dispute nearing resolution

The dispute between BAR and Williams, in regard to which team has secured the services of Jenson Button for 2005, should be resolved this weekend. The Contract Recognition Board (CRB) is due to meet on Saturday in Milan to rule on the situation,...

The dispute between BAR and Williams, in regard to which team has secured the services of Jenson Button for 2005, should be resolved this weekend. The Contract Recognition Board (CRB) is due to meet on Saturday in Milan to rule on the situation, which has been dragging on for some time now.

Jenson Button.
Photo by Brousseau Photo.

Williams announced in August that Button had signed to race for the team in 2005, which came as a surprise to BAR, who were convinced Button was already under contract to them. Behind-the scenes talks failed to find a solution and the matter was referred to the CRB.

Button has not let the situation affect his concentration in the recent races and has continued with his good results, most recently scoring his 10th podium of the year in Suzuka. BAR boss David Richards has been complimentary about Button's attitude and that of the team.

"All credit to Jenson for the way he has behaved these past weeks," he said, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph. "And credit, too, to the team for the way they have gone about their jobs. I'm relaxed, and confident about the weekend."

The rumour mill suggests that BAR is likely to be the successful team in the dispute, although nothing is certain until the CRB makes its decision known.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , David Richards
Teams Williams