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Last Updated: Thursday, 28 July 2005, 16:23 GMT 17:23 UK
I'm not tied to Williams - Button
Jenson Button
Button has a long relationship with Frank Williams
Jenson Button has stepped up his feud with Williams by saying that a contract he signed with the Formula One team for next season will not be binding.

The 25-year-old Briton failed last year in a bid to move to Williams and has now decided to stay with BAR-Honda.

"I don't think the contract is binding," said Button, who believes he has a better prospects by staying put.

"And certainly I don't think any team would want a driver that would like to be racing for someone else."

Button was prevented from switching to Williams in 2004 after a legal challenge from BAR team boss David Richards.

Me and Frank [Williams] have always had a very good relationship and this is not helping it
Jenson Button

He went on to sign a pre-contract with Williams for the 2006 season, but has now changed his mind about honouring that.

"I sat down with Frank and had a few chats about it, told him the way that I feel," said the Englishman.

"He probably does understand that I need to do the best thing I possibly can."

Button hopes that an acrimonious fight can be avoided because of his strong relationship with Williams, who handed him a grand prix debut in 2000.

"The situation is different because I have talked it through with Frank whereas I made the mistake of not speaking to Richards last year and that was one of the biggest issues.

"Me and Frank have always had a very good relationship and this is not helping it but I think it shows how serious I am about the situation."

I need to be with a team that's fulfilling in the short term and one that has a works engine manufacturer
Jenson Button

Button is adamant BAR are the best bet to guide him to a long-awaited first Grand Prix win and is anxious to avoid another spell at a rebuilding team.

"I have been in Formula One for six years now and I am ready to win races," he said.

"I am ready to challenge for the World Championship. I can't wait for another three years to build a team up.

"I need to be with a team that's fulfilling in the short term and one that has a works engine manufacturer."

Williams are expected to have a customer supply of Cosworth engines in 2006 if, as anticipated, they terminate their agreement with BMW.




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