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BAR - 'Button is still ours' 06 Aug 2004

Jenson Button (GBR) BAR.
Australian Grand Prix, Rd 1, Albert Park, Australia, 5 March 2004

Following Williams' shock announcement that Jenson Button will be driving for the team next season, BAR boss Dave Richards has responded with a statement setting out his team's position on the controversy:

"We are absolutely astounded to hear that Jenson thinks that he is leaving BAR for Williams next season. Neither myself, nor any other member of the BAR team, has been contacted by Jenson to discuss this matter".

"Jenson is under contract with BAR for 2005, since we took up an option on his services only last month.  At no time during the last few months has Jenson expressed anything other than his desire to continue working with BAR to achieve our collective goal of winning the World Championship".

"It is our intention to enforce our current contractual position with Jenson. My duty is to the 400-strong workforce which has worked tirelessly over the past two seasons to give Jenson the car he has today; and to our partners, whose unfailing support and commitment to the team has contributed to the solid structure we now have in place. Unfortunately this is now a matter for the lawyers and I have every confidence that the legal process will confirm that yesterday's announcement has not only been premature but also invalid".

The controversy looks set to run and run.