Jenson Button has accepted that his and BAR's hopes of winning the title this year have been dashed after the team was stripped of its Imola points and given a two-race ban. Button won't be back in action until the European Grand Prix at the end...
Jenson Button has accepted that his and BAR's hopes of winning the title this year have been dashed after the team was stripped of its Imola points and given a two-race ban. Button won't be back in action until the European Grand Prix at the end of ths month and will restart his season with no points after losing his third place podium position at Imola.
"You've got to say that our chance of winning the championship is pretty much gone," he told reporters at Barcelona. "To come back from that is pretty much impossible, especially with Renault being so strong in the first few races and Ferrari are going to be strong for the rest of the year."
BAR initially intended to challenge the two-race ban but after taking legal advice decided that there was nothing to be gained from it. The team had nothing left to do but pack up and leave the Circuit de Catalunya on Friday.
Button's biggest disappointment is having to miss Monaco: "This (Spain) would have been a great race for us but for me I think Monaco was the one that I'm most disappointed about because I think that could have been a race we could have shocked a lot of people at."
"We would have been staggeringly quick. It's a circuit that I love. We did well there last year getting on the podium and I really think we could have gone one step higher this year and I don't think it would have been too hard either."
BAR maintains that it did nothing wrong and Button said he has faith the team. "I completely trust everyone involved," he commented. "I have got confidence in everyone in the team here, in the technical staff and the engineers, that we are legit and we will always race to what we think is in the rules."
The Englishman is now looking ahead to the European GP where he believes BAR will prove itself. "We will come back strongly at the Nurburgring and give everyone something to think about," he said. "I think we will be very strong and very determined to show we are a strong team that can fight for wins, not just podiums."