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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 April 2007, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Button 'wants to stay at Honda'
Honda's Jenson Button
Button won his first Grand Prix last season
Jenson Button has no plans to leave Honda despite the team's poor start to the Formula One season, according to his manager Richard Goddard.

Honda hoped to step up their challenge after an encouraging end to 2006, but the team is yet to pick up a point.

"Jenson is still supporting Honda," said Goddard.

"Clearly, the team isn't where it should be but we're not going to jump ship. We're not shopping around and I'm not talking to anyone at the moment."

606: DEBATE

Button finished sixth in the drivers' standings last season, while the team were fourth in the table after a superb end to the season, which included the 27-year-old's first Grand Prix win.

But Honda have struggled to build on that success so far this season, with neither Button nor his team-mate Rubens Barrichello managing a place in the top 10 in Australia, Malaysia or Bahrain.

We can't afford to keep starting the season with a slow car

Jenson Button's manager Richard Goddard

Button finished 15th in Melbourne and 12th in Sepang, while an accident at Sakhir ended his race on the opening lap.

Honda's new RA107 car has not impressed Button, with the Briton complaining about understeer, braking instability and a lack of straight-line speed.

Nevertheless, Goddard said the problems could be addressed if Honda appointed the right people to assist the drivers.

"There is no other team that can give us a better place to be," he added.

"A number of key technical personnel left last year and we have to make sure the team rebuilds in that area.

"We can't afford to keep starting the season with a slow car."

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