Button's CRB hearing delayed

Jenson Button must now wait until October 16 for his future to be decided after the Contracts Recognition Board adjourned its hearing until next month. Both Williams and BAR claim to have lodged contracts with the CRB for the Englishman's services in 2005

Button's CRB hearing delayed

The CRB met in Paris this morning to adjudicate over Williams and BAR's claims for Button, but it has now delayed the hearing. The new meeting will be held in Milan next month and is anticipated to deliver a final decision on the matter.

Williams announced that it had signed a two-year deal with Button back in August to join the team alongside Australian Mark Webber. This immediately sparked a controversy within his current team BAR which claimed that it already had a valid contract with the Briton until the end of 2006.

The CRB must decide which of the two contracts is valid and, according to the terms of F1's Concorde Agreement, its verdict cannot be appealed.

If BAR's claim is successful then Button could find himself on the sidelines next year, should he continue to insist on a move to Williams and refuse to drive for his current team. It is understood that BAR owner British American Tobacco is reluctant to sell the driver to Williams if it wins the case to keep hold of the Briton.

Button has enjoyed a hugely successful campaign with BAR in 2004 and currently lies third in the drivers' standing. He has scored a total of 71 points, thanks to three second places and eight podiums.

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