Sunday February 4th, 2001
Briton Jenson Button is convinced he will eventually become a Formula One champion but said he will take a cautious approach to the top.
Benetton driver Button has refused to make any predictions for the new season, despite his impressive debut year with BMW-Williams, but has promised to be a future champion.
"I'm out to surprise people, but in the right way," Button told British newspaper The Mail on Sunday. "People want me to say I'm going to win this or that, but I really haven't a clue how I'll get on this season.
"I'm more cautious these days. I've said some things in the past I regret. But can I be world champion? Oh, sure. No question."
Button admitted he regards Michael Schumacher as the man to beat in the sport again this season and said he has the utmost respect for Ferrari's German driver.
He added: "Michael is the best driver in the world. I really respect him and there has to be respect on all sides.
"Formula One drivers are so different to footballers. There are only 22 of us on the planet. Each of us knows how difficult it is to get where we are."