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F1: Button Signs For Williams For 2005  
User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 13
Posted (11 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1984 times:

Can someone confirm for me that Button has just signed a deal to return to Williams BMW for the 2005 season?

I can't seam to find anything about this anywhere. If it is true, this is very unexpected!


Edit: Source, OrangeWorld  Smile

[Edited 2004-08-05 23:10:31]

[Edited 2004-08-05 23:11:17]

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User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1964 times:

From F1-live.com:

BMW Williams
It’s a clean sweep at BMW Williams for 2005 with Juan Pablo Montoya off to McLaren Mercedes and the recovered Ralf Schumacher taking a seat at Toyota. New for the 2005 season is Mark Webber from Jaguar Racing with a great deal of hype to live up to. The number two – or second seat – at the team is still up for grabs with virtually every driver who has raced in the last four years linked to the team. Jacques Villeneuve is an outside bet, as is a returning Mika Hakkinen. More likely is the signing of someone like Nick Heidfeld or Olivier Panis. BMW insist that the nationality of the driver is of no importance, but do not be too surprised if it does in some way play a small part in the final decision making process. Sebastien Bourdais has also been linked with the team, but with a rumoured test to take place at the end of the season, the Champ Car star is at best an outside bet. And then there is Anthony Davidson...

User currently offlineBA757 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2832 posts, RR: 13
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 1 hour ago) and read 1955 times:


Button has quit BAR to join Williams.

ITV News.


Shocking News !

User currently offlineNosedive From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month ago) and read 1942 times:

HOLY CRAP!!!!! The F1 Paddock kept a secret!

User currently offlineTubbyboeing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month ago) and read 1934 times:

Wow, what a surprise that Button joined BMW Williams.

But wasn't Montoya saying that the present car they have sucks big time, and that they need a new car?? I wonder why Button chose BMW Williams when he could have stuck with BAR. They have a very good car and he almost won a couple of races with it.

But, I think that all this shuffling around only helps Ferrari because, right now, they appear to be the most stable team in F1 with both their drivers staying put.

User currently offlineScbriml From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 14071 posts, RR: 45
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month ago) and read 1931 times:
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It was on the news this evening.

I'm slightly surprised. Williams is a much bigger team than BAR, but BAR has a better overall package at the moment. But, thing can, and will, change next year.

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana!
User currently offlineBristolFlyer From United Kingdom, joined May 2004, 2321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month ago) and read 1929 times:

Hopefully Williams can do for Button what they did for Damo a few yrs back.

Time to dust off my Union flag!


Fortune favours the brave
User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1642 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

Shrewd move by Jenson Button.

The BAR is a better car this year than the Williams, but history would suggest that when the smaller teams find themselves in the position of having developed a good car, they often cannot maintain the demands of development, whilst the likes of Ferrari, Williams and McLaren do continue to improve their cars and the gap is once again reintroduced.

This year proves an example of this - the BAR was undoubtedly the second best car car at the beginning of the season - however at this point in the season the McLaren is much improved, as is Renault - BAR is still good, but the gap has narrowed or has indeed been reversed.

This cyclical nature, sees in 2004, BAR at their high point, and Williams at their low point - I'd be very suprised if by 2006 Williams hadn't developed a car far superior to BAR's 2006 efforts.

A couple of questions...
How come BAR hadn't got JB signed up for 2005 ?
Who will replace him at BAR - could this be a good opportunity for David Coulthard?

I don't like signatures...
User currently offlinePU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1880 times:


BAR had Button signed for 2005, but there is a clause in his contract that says that he can go to either of the top 3 teams at anytime, I think.

As for the replacement, if David Richards knows his trade (and believe me he does) he'll move Davidson up to second driver and leave Sato as number 1.

Davidson is quite fast, as he's shown in Friday practice throughout the whole season. On the other hand, it remains to be seen how he will cope with the extra-pressure, but I think it's a good gamble.

Oh, and about Button, I told you this was gonna happen people!  Big thumbs up (a little self-gloss, I got lucky on calling the name a few weeks ago Big grin)

User currently offlineAndreas From Germany, joined Oct 2001, 6104 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

ROFLMFAO!!!!! No one should compare Button to Damon Hill, who's got his place in F1 history as the most untalented champion ever Big grin Big grin Big grin

Very well, a very ambitious duo they got now, but no one who can develop a car, so it's going to be the engineers who'll have to do the dirty works!

Well, they'll be used to that by now since the current Williams duo does have the similar prob: Big mouthed wannabes who have no idea about technology...oh well... at least Button is a much better driver than Schu2 and Monty!

I know it's only VfB but I like it!
User currently offlineStretch 8 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2568 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

Did Webber insist to Frank Williams that whomever was to be hired next would be a clear No. 2 driver? Did Button agree to this churlish demand? As far as I see it, if you have not won an F1 driving title, you have NO business making those sorts of demands.

Maggs swings, it's a drive deep to left! The Tigers are going to the World Series!!!
User currently offlinePU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1861 times:

Not-so-Breaking news: this might not be over yet... BAR says Button is still under contract despite the exit clauses and that his move to Williams is invalid


Edit: spelling

[Edited 2004-08-06 14:41:10]

User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Another source of general F1 info:-


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