Button Will Not Race in Monaco GP

Briton Jenson Button was ruled out of the Monaco Grand Prix today after crashing heavily in practice the day before.

Button Will Not Race in Monaco GP

Briton Jenson Button was ruled out of the Monaco Grand Prix today after crashing heavily in practice the day before.

"He's not going to race today. The team have taken the decision to withdraw him," said BAR team principal David Richards. "We've had advice from the hospital and we've had long discussions with (FIA medical expert) Sid Watkins and no one was very comfortable with the situation."

Richards said Button, who crashed at the exit to the tunnel at around 290 km/h in free practice, had wanted to drive and was already doing physio training.

"I've just had him on my phone and he said 'I can race, I've got no problems'. But we just took the decision. For his long-term well being it was far more sensible to withdraw him from the race today," said Richards.

Richards said there is "no doubt" about Button taking part in a scheduled test at the high-speed Monza circuit in Italy next week and the Briton is already undergoing hydrotherapy in Monaco.

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