For the second year in a row, Jenson Button has placed himself in the middle of a nasty controversy involving contracts, options, money and lawyers - not the natural habitat for a 25-year-old Grand Prix driver. Yet the fact that it has happened to the Briton not once but twice suggests an acute problem in how Button has been managing his career. Tony Dodgins delves into the second 'Buttongate' and analyses the prospects of seeing Button drive for Williams or BAR next season
The gossip in the Hungaroring paddock was all "Buttongate II."
There is a strong sense of deja vu about all this. Twelve months ago, Button was a BAR driver wanting to go to Williams "to have the best chance of winning the World Championship". BAR considered that they had a firm 2005 contract with the Briton but there was some doubt about the F1 rules and, at Hockenheim last year Honda Racing president Shoichi Tanaka admitted the company could withdraw from the sport if it did not like the direction in which F1 was heading, although the chances of that happening were slim.
Button's contract, however, required BAR to be able to guarantee a works Honda engine supply if they were to be able to take up an option on his services for 2005.
Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987
The iconic Lola name is being relaunched after it was taken over by new ownership. Part of that reboot is a planned return to racing, though the exact details of this are still to be finalised - though its new owner does have a desire to bring the brand back to the Le Mans 24 Hours. But romanticism doesn't appear to be the driving force behind this renewed project...
Motorsport produced one of its greatest years of all-time in 2021 despite a backdrop of ongoing COVID-19 challenges and an ever-changing racing landscape. Through the non-stop action Autosport has collected the finest moments from the past 12 months to highlight the incredible drama and joy motorsport generates
Making it in motorsport can be tough, and sometimes drivers move elsewhere before their best chance arrives. Here are some of those who made it back
It’s rarely mentioned when it comes to assessing the best national contests, but the Brazilian Stock Car series that reaches its climax this weekend has an ever-growing appeal. Its expanding roster of ex-Formula 1 names has helped to draw in new fans, but it's the closeness of competition that keeps them watching
Joey Mawson made waves in the middle of the last decade, beating future Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher - among other highly-rated talents - to the 2016 German F4 title. A run in F1's feeder GP3 category only caused his career to stall, but now back in Australia Mawson's S5000 title success has set that to rights
OPINION: The greed-driven push for a European Super League that threatened to tear football apart is collapsing at the seams. Motor racing's equivalent, the football-themed Superleague Formula series of 2008-11, was everything that the proposed ESL never could be