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Button meets with BAR 09 Aug 2004

(L to R): David Richards (GBR) BAR Team Principal talks with Jenson Button (GBR) BAR.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona, Spain, 7 May 2004

Jenson Button has insisted that he will be driving for Williams next season following a meeting with BAR team principal David Richards on Sunday, which the English driver described as “constructive”.

"David is now in no doubt of my intention to return to BMW Williams in 2005,” said Button in a statement. “My contractual position allows for this. I have also clarified that I am not moving for money, and my motivation is straightforward determination to win a World Championship, determination which I am sure he, as a competitive person, well understands. Naturally, the main element of disagreement is whether these ambitions would be better served by BMW Williams or BAR, but I have made my decision."

Button continued: "Essentially Sport were not permitted to hold private contractual discussions with BAR. I do not feel it was constructive for BAR to leak details of these discussions. I have worked hard and contributed 7 podiums and 61 of the team's 76 points this season. Drivers are changing teams up and down the paddock at the moment - an accepted and fundamental element of our sport - and I wish that my return to Williams would have been less acrimonious in light of the contribution I have made to BAR this season."

In conclusion, Button said: "Now that I have met with David and we have both had the opportunity to express our points of view, the most important matter is that the hard work and commitment to racing from everybody in Brackley is repaid with strong results for the remainder of the season, which I have every intention of doing."

BAR have yet to issue a statement regarding the meeting with Button.