The rumour mill is currently in overdrive in regard to driver movements for next year and none more so than in regard to Jenson Button. The BAR pilot has made it clear he wishes to stay with his current team, despite Williams allegedly having a ...
The rumour mill is currently in overdrive in regard to driver movements for next year and none more so than in regard to Jenson Button. The BAR pilot has made it clear he wishes to stay with his current team, despite Williams allegedly having a prior claim to his services for 2006. Unsurprisingly, given the amount of speculation recently, Button has issued a statement to try and clear a few things up.
"Jenson has decided to release this statement as various allegations have been appearing in the media over the past few days casting doubts on his honesty and integrity," the statement read. "Jenson is particularly upset at suggestions that he did not accord Sir Frank Williams the respect due to him by not speaking to him face to face."
"The following factual statements are made to set the record straight: A meeting took place in the Conference Room at Williams' Grove Headquarters at 12 o'clock on Tuesday 12 July 2005. This meeting was attended by Jenson personally, together with his Manager, Richard Goddard."
"On the Williams side the meeting was attended by Sir Frank Williams, together with Patrick Head, as well as the Williams chief executive officer Chris Chapple, the Williams technical director Sam Michael, and the Williams in-house lawyer John Healey."
"The meeting lasted about one hour. During the course of the meeting Sir Frank Williams asked Jenson a specific question, 'From what you are saying it sounds like you don't want to be here next season. To this Jenson replied 'No, I don't'. There is no question of there being any lack of clarity or misunderstanding on this point."
"It has been suggested by Sir Frank Williams that a contract between Jenson and Williams (and there remain outstanding questions as to its validity) was signed seven months ago, which would be in January of this year. This is incorrect. There are two documents which are relevant, one dated August 2004, and one dated September 2004."
"Quotes have also been attributed in the media to Sir Frank Williams to say that Williams paid a substantial amount in option money on Jenson in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Again, to set the record straight, the facts are as follows:
"Payments made were not payments made by Williams to retain an option over Jenson's services. In fact the payments were quite the opposite. They were payments made by Williams to Jenson in exchange for Jenson agreeing not to enforce a contract which he had entitling him to drive for Williams."
Is it good, is it bad? Do we know -- do we really care? Make your own mind up, I'm going back to bed.