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Williams Not Ruling Out Button Return

Saturday June 23rd, 2001

Frank Williams is not ruling out the possible return of Briton Jenson Button to his team in the 2003 season.

Button, who made his Formula One debut with the Williams team last year, is currently on loan to the Benetton team until the end of the 2002 season and his future looks uncertain after Ralf Schumacher announced he was staying at Williams until 2004.

Schumacher's teammate Juan Pablo Montoya has a contract with Williams until the end of next year, and the team's boss admitted Button could then return to the Grove-based outfit.

"It is very possible Jenson will be back in a Williams car in 2003," said Williams. "The truth about Jenson is that, besides being a man who should become a world champion, he is also very pleasant and so far unchanged. As a driver he is fuss-free, very smooth like Raikkonen, who I also like to watch. It is clear that he was born to drive a GP car."

Button has been struggling at the back of the grid this season, being clearly outperformed by his Benetton teammate Giancarlo Fisichella. But Williams believes the 21-year old is learning and will be stronger after this frustrating season.

"It appears that Jenson has come to a shuddering halt, but he hasn't because he is learning," said Williams. "Learning how to deal with a disappointing situation, how to deal with technical matters and different personalities. He is learning how to become a stronger character."



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