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Button ecstatic about BAR future 23 Sep 2005

Jenson Button (GBR) BAR announces his signing of long term contract to stay at BAR.
Formula One World Championship, Rd17, Brazilian Grand Prix, Preparations, Interlagos, Brazil, 22 September 2005

Jenson Button was clearly the happiest man in Interlagos yesterday after negotiating his release from his 2006 Williams contract - and the media had plenty of fun trying to guess just what it cost him.

“The last few days have been the high point of my season,” the 25 year-old Englishman said after it was confirmed that he will be partnered for the foreseeable future at BAR by Rubens Barrichello. “After resolving this issue with Frank Williams it is unbelievable how much more relaxed I feel. Now I am able to focus on what is important.

“I’m ecstatic that we have sorted the situation. The contract was between Frank and me and that was how we sorted it, between the two of us. Trust me, it hurts.

“It was not a nice situation to be in, but I’d like to say thank you to Frank because we were able to stop it before it went any further. Obviously when it all finally happened I was a very happy person. We all knew what we wanted, and it’s best for all of the people involved. I’m so excited about the future. This is where it starts with BAR Honda. It’s not been cheap for me, but I’m sure it will be worth it for the future.”

Button said he is very excited about the future, and of his new team-mate he said: “He has a lot of experience and brings a lot to the team. He’s a very capable driver and it’s good to have a new challenge. Off the circuit I think we will work really well together, while on it we will be deadly rivals.”

BAR were not able to make any comment on their third driver or test drivers for 2006, however. Team principal Nick Fry said that they would do everything they could to help Takuma Sato with his future, which suggests that the Japanese driver will not feature in the line-up but is most likely seeking a race drive elsewhere. GP2 race winner and BAR young driver programme member Adam Carroll could feature highly in any plans.

Meanwhile, and contrary to expectations they had raised in Monza, Ferrari said yesterday that they do not after all have a new Bridgestone tyre here. “Nothing has changed on the car,” a spokesman said.