Jenson Button Q&A

Jenson Button continues to make impressive progress, and his third place on the grid at Spa was yet more evidence that he's made of the right stuff. For the first time he produced a qualifying performance which really did justice to the tigering drives he's been putting in on Sundays. Next year of course he moves to Benetton, where works Renault support should allow him to remain at the sharp end of the field. Adam Cooper spoke to the 20-year-old

Jenson Button Q&A

"It's been a good year, really good. It's not been quite what I expected, but then it's a bit difficult to know what to expect. But it's been great. The team's been excellent, as has BMW, and we've done a good job this year. I'm very happy with what's happened and I'm looking forward to the next few races."

"To start with it was very difficult, especially not knowing the car, so you went to a new circuit still learning the car and learning the circuit. But now I know the car pretty well. It's still pretty tough, but I'm getting there."

"The brakes, and also going out and doing a time straight off. It's half a lap warm-up and then go for it. It's pretty tough but I'm used to it now. And the high-speed corners - keeping your foot in for that little bit longer. But it's much better than it was before."

"Driving an F1 car. That's it really! It's everything - the competitiveness, and racing against people like Michael and Mika. Away from the circuit I've enjoyed travelling around to all these different countries. And the women of course!"

"You don't get much free time."

"When I'm outside the car obviously it's quite tough, but when I get in the car I shut off everything anyway and concentrate on what I'm doing."

"It is nice that everything is sorted out and I can just relax. No one's pressuring me or anything, or asking me any more how do you think it's going to go? It's great. I can just relax and get on with the next few races."

"It's the best package, and the best opportunity for next year, when everything's weighed up. I think for any driver it would be great. They've got some great people on board now, so hopefully next year will be a good year."

"It's quite a strange feeling already, because I'm contracted obviously for next year, and I'm still racing for Williams this year. It's not going to make me go any slower - if anything I'll try a bit harder!"

"There was definitely a point when it was up in the air, and obviously we weren't sure if we were going to be at Williams or not, and we didn't know where we were going to be, and with which team. But there were always good options that we could pursue further if we wanted to. It wasn't a problem."

"I don't know, I haven't driven the car. We'll have to wait and see. I think it's the best option for me next year. I think Briatore can do a very good job, and also the team. But really I want to concentrate on this year for now, and think about next year in the winter."

"Obviously I've seen him in the races and I've watched him in the past when I wasn't in F1. He is a very quick driver and I think he's going to be a good team mate to have. I don't know him as a person that well, but I think we'll have good fun."

"They said to me look for other teams, obviously. And we did. There was no problem with that. They said we're looking at Montoya and there's a good possibility that we can get him, we'll take it a step further. I understood that at the start of the year anyway."

"There are so many different reasons for it though. I don't think I could have done a better job than I have done. So I don't have a problem, because I know myself I've done the best job. There's other reasons why Juan Pablo's got the seat next year."

"I don't think that's the best idea at the moment. I've been in F1 for a season now and I don't want to leave next year. Definitely not. It's completely different from racing over here, and some people do have problems coming back to F1, because it's so different, a lot more relaxed, from what I've heard anyway. I think I'd rather stay here, for a few more years anyway."

"I don't know him as person, and I've never seen him race, so I don't know. Other drivers have made it, Jacques did a very good job, but other drivers haven't. It's a difficult one to say. He is a very, very good driving and he's very talented. It's going to interesting for me, anyway!"

"I'll let you think of a good answer for that one..."

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