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Button Disappointed with Fifth Place

Sunday August 27th, 2000

Briton Jenson Button dismissed Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix as one of the worst races of his brief Formula One career after starting in third place and finishing fifth.

The 20-year-old Williams driver, who is joining Benetton next season, lost two places after touching the Jordan of second-placed Jarno Trulli on the fifth lap of the 44 lap race. Trulli spun and then retired.

"It would have been nice to have been in the top three and I am disappointed because I moved down the field at the start," said Button.

"It was a bad race for me, if not the worst. The car was working well at the start, but when I tried to pass Jarno I went in a bit late.

"Michael (Schumacher) made the gap but Jarno and I touched. If I had waited one more lap maybe I could have overtaken. For the rest of the race I tried to forget the clash, and I am now looking forward to the next one."

Button equalled his second best finish in Spa, after finishing fourth at the German Grand Prix and fifth at the Austrian and British Grands Prix.

He now has 10 points in his debut season in Formula One.

Team mate Ralf Schumacher finished third in the race, his second podium finish of the season.

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