Button to sit out race

Jenson Button will miss the Monaco Grand Prix after his accident in practice on Saturday morning

Button to sit out race

Button was released from the Princess Grace hospital in Monte Carlo on Sunday morning with no apparent physical injuries other than bruising, but after consultations with medical staff the BAR team has decided that it is prudent for him to sit out the 61st Monaco GP.

Button suffered a sizeable lateral impact in the accident and, as team-mate Jacques Villeneuve has explained, there is always concern about the damage that could be caused by a subsequent impact whenever a head injury or substantial deceleration has been experienced.

BAR is scheduled to test at Monza between Tuesday and Friday and it is expected that Button will return to the cockpit then, before the Canadian Grand Prix on June 15.

BAR boss David Richards said: "Whilst Jenson and the team are extremely disappointed that he will not compete today, we feel we have made the correct decision for his long-term well-being. He is already looking forward to testing at Monza next week and the Canadian Grand Prix in two week's time."

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