Button contract decision delayed

Jenson Button will now find out what team he will be racing for in 2005 as soon as he returns home after the Brazilian Grand Prix, with Formula 1's Contracts Recognition Board having delayed its hearing date until the end of October

Button contract decision delayed

Although the CRB was due to meet on Chinese Grand Prix race day, the hearing date has now been put back until October 23 - qualifying day for the Brazilian Grand Prix.

However, despite speculation that the postponement could mean the affair dragging on until Christmas, sources have revealed that the CRB's decision will be made just three days later - the Tuesday after the Brazilian Grand Prix (October 26).

The CRB's findings cannot be appealed, meaning that Button will have to race for whichever team it judges his contract is valid with. The only way that can be changed is if an out-of-court settlement is reached after the CRB hearing between Williams and BAR.

Renault team boss Flavio Briatore believes that the CRB will come down in favour of BAR - but that Button will eventually race for Williams. Speaking to Italian weekly Sportautomoto, he said: "Contractually I think Jenson has to stay, but it depends if the team wants to take a driver who doesn't want to stay.

"Jenson Button is not Michael Schumacher though. I would not fight a big war to keep Jenson. I think he will go to Williams."

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