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Last Updated: Friday, 7 October 2005, 13:57 GMT 14:57 UK
Upbeat Williams looks past Button
Sir Frank Williams
Williams says his team can adapt to Formula One changes
Sir Frank Williams has put the Jenson Button saga behind him as he looks to prepare his Formula One team for 2006.

Button had agreed to drive for Williams next year, but then changed his mind and struck a deal to stay with BAR.

"I hold Jenson's ability in high regard and had hoped he would race for us but I regard the outcome pragmatically," Williams told BBC Sport.

"Ultimately, a financial settlement was a poor second choice, but the only practical resolution to the situation."

Williams said that a binding contract with Button would not have been enough to ensure that he got a motivated driver.

"Despite holding a binding contract, we could not enforce the specific performance of making Jenson race for us," he said.

"In any case, I am only interested in drivers that are 100% committed to driving for Williams."

I am actually very optimistic about next year
Sir Frank Williams

Williams refused to be drawn on the new pairing for 2006, but said he was confident that it would be "very competitive" and exciting.

"Mark Webber will be the team's first confirmed driver for next year," he said.

"Antonio Pizzonia and Nico Rosberg are the other two drivers with whom the team has retained contractual relationship.

"We will confirm our full driver line-up in the not-too-distant future."

Whatever the line-up, Williams believes the team will be well equipped to perform.

"Much is changing at Williams, but it will be a much-needed catalyst to return the team to winning form," he said.

"As I see it, the most significant change is something that all teams will have to face and that is the change to V8 technology, the most fundamental change to the technical side of the sport in 16 years."

All cars will be reduced in power from V10 three-litre units to V8 2.4 litres for safety reasons.

"I believe that Cosworth, our engine suppliers for next season, are possibly the best placed company as acknowledged global experts in V8 technology, to take best advantage of this change," said Williams.

"So after 27 years of Williams adapting to change and competitive challenges, I am actually very optimistic about next year."


SEE ALSO
Button agrees deal to stay at BAR
21 Sep 05 |  Formula One
Pizzonia to stay in Williams seat
28 Sep 05 |  Formula One


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