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Button will not race in Monaco 01 Jun 2003

Jenson Button (GBR) BAR.
Formula One World Championship, Rd7, Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 31 May 2003

The BAR team has confirmed that Jenson Button will not take part in this afternoon's Monaco Grand Prix, despite being declared fit to race by FIA medical delegate Professor Sid Watkins. It follows Button's heavy crash in practice on Saturday morning.

A statement released by BAR revealed that Button was discharged from hospital on Sunday morning. Though feeling slightly stiff and sore, he has not suffered any long-term physical effects from the crash.

The statement continued: "BAR has taken advice from the doctors at the Princess Grace hospital in Monaco and the FIA's Medical Delegate, Professor Sid Watkins, and despite Jenson's insistence that he is fit enough to race, the team have decided to withdraw him."

BAR team principal David Richards added: "Whilst Jenson and the team are extremely disappointed that he will not compete today, we feel we have made the correct decision for his long-term well-being. He is already looking forward to testing at Monza next week and the Canadian Grand Prix in two week's time."

Button's team mate, Jacques Villeneuve, will start the Monaco Grand Prix from 11th on the grid.