Jenson Button Q&A

With the winter testing programme about to kick off Jenson Button is one of several drivers eager to get some miles in with a new team. BAR is Button's third team, which is not a bad record for a guy who is still only 22. He faces an interesting challenge, as Jacques Villeneuve has been there for four years already, but on the other hand Jenson clearly has strong support from team boss Dave Richards. It promises to be a fascinating contest between the pair. Adam Cooper spoke to Button about his move and his two years with Renault

Jenson Button Q&A

"I'm very excited. I don't know them very well, but I'm really looking forward to working with them, and the whole team seems to be excited about next year. I think everyone believes in Dave Richards - I do - and they're getting some very good people on board. I really do think that Honda are going to do a very good job."

"He's a very straightforward guy, which is a good thing. He also downplays it. He's not one of these guys who goes there and says, 'We're going to be the World Champions,' and then you don't do it. He's more likely to say, 'We'll be in the top three,' and then win the championship. He's good like that, he doesn't get overexcited about things."

"He's a good guy, and I like him a lot."

"Yes, he's the same. That's why I think it's such a good team. There's no one bullshitting like there can be in other teams. No one's getting overexcited, everyone knows what the deal is and what it can be. It's the same as Williams."

"It's difficult to know what's been happening because I've been in another team, but I think they will make a step forward. They've been there before. They'll work as hard as they can until they do achieve their goal or dream or whatever. I really do think it will work in the next few years."

"I don't think in two years there will be a chance to win the World Championship, but in three or four years I think there will be. One of the other teams I had a chance to go to after Williams was BAR, but I think it's a much better option moving there now than two years ago, I really do."

"Obviously you always want options in two years' time, but my contract is that I'm there for four years - it's two years and two option years, but we're looking at it as four years. I really do think I've got a chance of winning the World Championship, and I think I want to be there to do it."

"I don't know. I'm looking forward to it, and I don't think it's going to be like people think. I think he's quite a straightforward guy, and we can work well together. I'm not worried about anything. A lot of it is talk more than anything else."

"I'm not into that sort of thing. It only works if you're weak, and I'm not. My main aim is to race cars fast."

"That's obviously your aim, to beat everyone on the grid. I think we can work together well, and we need to work well together to move the team forward. And I think Jacques will be up for it, I really do. He obviously wants to be quicker than me, like I want to be quicker than him, but if we work well together we'll move everything forward, and then when we've got opportunities to win races, we'll kick each other's arse, I'm sure."

"Yeah, definitely. That's why it was a bit difficult that we weren't moving forward like we should have."

"Nothing really. I haven't changed anything. I go to bed at the same time and eat the same food!"

"Yes, I think so. I wouldn't change it. I think I did learn a lot, I learned how bad it can get and how hard you have to push. It was very useful. But I won't be going there again!"

"There weren't any real new parts on the car for the last few races, and there weren't any big aerodynamic changes or engine changes. Maybe other teams just made bigger steps, people like McLaren and Jaguar. We lost a little bit of ground compared to where we were at the start of the season."

"I'd say he's definitely been quicker in qualifying this year. But we have had some unlucky runs. If you want to say he beat me in qualifying, fair enough, but I think it would have been a lot closer if I didn't have the reliability problems I've had with engines and stuff like that."

"Yes, it's been close. But he's good over one lap, very good, he always seems to get it out of the car on the last run in qually, whereas I think I push too hard, and I normally go slower. That's something I need to work out. Qualifying is important, and people always go on about it, but it doesn't score points and get you a bottle of champagne to spray over everyone!"

"People write good things, people write bad things, they're always going to. It gets boring after a while. I like it when people write good things, but if they write bad things, fair enough. It's their own opinions."

"I think it will be the same next year. The first three teams will be the same, and behind them I think it will be a lot closer between the other teams."

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