Button: Staying with top teams is priority
Jenson Button says his priority for 2010 is to race against the world’s best drivers and teams – whatever happens in the FIA-versus-FOTA battle.
With FOTA having announced its intention to launch a breakaway rival championship in 2010 after failing to reach agreement over future rules and Formula 1’s governance with the FIA, Button is currently in line to leave F1 at the end of the year if the split goes ahead and he remains with his FOTA loyalist Brawn team. The championship leader said he backed FOTA’s stance but was more interested in ensuring he was fighting against the best competition than the political nuances.
“I’m sure that every driver that is involved with a FOTA team agrees with what they have got to say and I think a lot of people agree with what they have got to say,” said Button. “As a driver, you want to be racing against the best in the world and that’s what I want to do at the moment. I want that to continue and with teams that have been doing it for many years.
“Our team is a young team but it is full of people that have been around the sport for many years, so in a way we are a very experienced team. To beat Ferrari in races is an amazing feeling and if we didn’t have that situation next year, it would be very different.
“So, if racing against the best teams and drivers is what I want to be doing then I don’t mind where it is. As long as we are racing – that is the key for me.”
He added that he would try not to let the ongoing controversy overshadow his home grand prix.
“When you are driving it doesn’t make any difference,” said Button. “You are focused and we’ve still got a lot of races this season and this is the World Championship. When the people turn the TV on they look for good racing, and that is exactly what we are going to try and do this weekend.”