Jenson Button Q&A

Jenson Button gave everyone a shock when he crashed at the Monaco chicane in Saturday morning practice, but while he was knocked out for a few seconds, the damage was not as serious as it first appeared. By Saturday afternoon the BAR team was making plans for him to race, but medical advice persuaded all concerned that it would be wiser for him to give it a miss. That was a great shame, as Button had looked very good on Thursday and earlier in the Saturday session. Adam Cooper caught up with Jenson just before the race

Jenson Button Q&A



"I don't feel too bad. It's a bit strange being with so many people, because the whole of Saturday I was just on my own! It's strange not racing, but if things aren't right, I can't race."



"Yeah, I wanted to race, but if I can do some real damage to myself, I don't want to. If you've been unconscious and 24 hours later you're unconscious again it's not good for you."



"A little bit. Sid [Watkins] said, 'Do you remember talking to me?,' and I said, 'No.' He said, 'You were just jibbering. You had your eyes open but you were just talking rubbish.' I said, 'What's different!'"



"No, I'm not interested in that! I just want to race, that's what I'm here for. It's just annoying because the car was running really, really well on Thursday and Saturday morning. But if I'm going to do myself some damage, I don't want to be out there. But it is a shame."



"It's mega, it really is. I think I was a little bit lucky that it hit exactly where the strengtheners are on the side of the car, so it took a lot of the impact onto the sidepod. But it didn't help that I'd wiped half the car off on the previous barrier! It was a real shock, and after the accident I don't really remember much, just going in the ambulance or whatever. I just remember feeling weird and saying, 'Am I going to be OK?,' and no one could really tell me."



"Oh definitely. It shows how strong the cars are, and I'm sure the headrest did a lot. I'm not sure if the HANS did much, because it was a side impact. I'm aching a bit and I could drive again, but it's not worth it."



"I think we could have had a good strategy. I had no problem getting back in the car, at all, and the team said we'll give you an extra bit of fuel to do an extra lap to get round to the grid, and I said 'I'm not interested, I want to save as much fuel as I can.' But I can't race."



"I've got a few things planned for this week to get me back into it, a bit of training and work on the muscles. I'm staying here for a few days and going into the Hermitage gym. They've got everything there, it's pretty amazing."

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