Grapevine: Button clarifies remarks on women

British driver Jenson Button has apologised for his comments in an interview with FHM magazine, in which the BAR driver said female drivers would never succeed in Formula One

Grapevine: Button clarifies remarks on women

The controversial comments created a media frenzy after Button said that, due to their biological make-up, women like Danica Patrick or Katherine Legge will never be able to compete successfully in Grand Prix racing.

Button has claimed the comments were made "in pure jest during a moment of male banter", and has apologised to everyone who felt offended.

"The article is from FHM and in that article you will see that I talk about Danica Patrick and how great she is on the Indy circuit," Button wrote on his website.

"I have a huge amount of respect for her, I have a huge amount of respect for anybody competing in motorsport as I know how tough it is, be it women or men.

"My comments were made in pure jest during a moment of male banter, and I sincerely regret that so few words, and more importantly the way in which they were written have caused anybody any offence. The tough thing about interviews is that when you are speaking to someone it's very hard to imagine how it will sound to someone reading later on.

"For anyone this has upset, and I hope not too many of you, I apologise."

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