Button Confident for 2009 Campaign

Jenson Button is confident that his team will continue to remain competitive in Formula 1 next season, despite Honda quitting the sport earlier this month. The Honda development programme was believed to be one of the strongest heading to the upcoming season, as most team's effort throughout 2008 concentrated more on the 2009 campaign. However, with the lack of funds in the pre-season, the Brackley-based team may lose out to their F1 competitors in terms of car's development.

“Our new car is almost finished and we're working very, very hard on completing that and building a strong car for 2009. Then we've just got to hope that somebody comes along and realises what a good opportunity this is to buy a Formula One team in our position.”

“I'm pretty positive that we'll get a buyer, it's a great opportunity for anyone. The facilities we have are second to none, they really are. We have an amazing team principal in Ross Brawn and the factory is fighting very hard to race next season. If we are on the grid next year, we will be a much stronger team for it,” said Button ahead of his participation in the ROC last weekend.

Unlike teammate Rubens Barrichello, the Briton was confirmed as racing driver for Ross Brawn's team in 2009. However, with most teams having already made up their minds about next year's lineup, Button would have no other racing seat to fill next year should Brawn fail to finding a sponsor in the near future. Despite having a quite uncertain future ahead of him, Button insisted his mind is only focused on working hard with the team for next year's campaign.

“My way of thinking is that if this team does happen in 2009, we will be very strong. I'm sure there would be other options to race in F1, but very limited, because it's so late in the day. So it is a difficult decision to make. But at the moment I'm completely focused on working with the team to try to find someone to buy it - that has to be my best option for 2009. I'd rather not take a year out because I think that is bad for a racing driver, but that is always an option also,”
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