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Monday, 24 January, 2000, 09:46 GMT
Button aims to make F1 history

Button Jenson Button came third in last year's F3


Jenson Button could become Britain's youngest Formula One driver, if BMW confirm him as their number two driver in Barcelona.

Button, who celebrated his 20th birthday this week, is believed to have won the battle with Brazil's Bruno Junqueira for the right to partner Ralf Schumacher at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on March 12.

However, team bosses are still thought to be agonising over the decision, after Button finished just 0.002 seconds faster than his rival in the final day of testing.


Button Button finished 0.002 seconds faster than his rival in testing
BMW technical director Patrick Head, who hailed Button as a future star following the previous test in Jerez, is expected to have further talks with Sir Frank Williams at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday before any announcement is made.

The duo also have to consider the long-term future with Juan Montoya, their former test driver, contracted to join the team in 2001.

The Colombian won the ChampCar, formerly IndyCar, crown in the United States last year when he beat Britain's Dario Franchitti.

Button would become the fifth youngest F1 driver in history if he makes his debut in Melbourne.

It would mark an astonishingly rapid rise through the ranks for a driver who only switched to single-seater racing two years ago after huge success in karts.

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