Button goes home after testing crash

Jenson Button is the latest Formula 1 driver to suffer a high-speed testing accident. The BAR driver has abandoned this week's programme after a big shunt at Jerez in Spain today (Thursday)

Button goes home after testing crash

The British driver lost control of the rear of his car in the high-speed left-handed fourth turn of the track, and clouted the wall between turns 4 and 5 with a heavy left side impact. This is the same corner where Alex Wurz had a major shunt earlier this year testing the McLaren MP4-18.

"I put a wheel on the grass, which caused the car immediately to snap out of control," said Button.

The car's side impact structure was torn in half by the accident, and will not be repaired until a replacement structure arrives in Spain tomorrow morning.

Button did not go to the medical centre but has spent time with his physiotherapist. The news is that he has bruised knees and will go home today in order to rest.

"I've had a check and everything seems fine," said Button. "It's a disappointing way to end the test but I'm really looking forward to Indianapolis."

If the car is repaired in time, Takuma Sato is on stand-by to take over testing duties. BAR has a mountain of tyres to test ahead of the United States Grand Prix next weekend. Formula 3000 champion Bjorn Wirdheim is also at the track, but it is understood that his BAR test drive this week is now highly unlikely to happen.

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