Decision day looms for Button

Jenson Button will find out today whether he is allowed to quit BAR and move to Williams for 2005.

The Englishman has signed contracts with both teams but prefers a switch to Williams, where he began his Formula One career in 2000.

His case went before Formula One's contract recognition board (CRB), who met in Milan on Saturday to hear legal arguments from both teams.

BAR have always insisted they had a binding deal with Button before he signed for Williams and boss David Richards is hopeful the CRB will rule in his favour.

Button's management claim they have discovered a loophole in that contract and the 24-year-old is expected to find out tomorrow afternoon which team he will be allowed to drive for in 2005.

He is concentrating on the final race of the season at Interlagos in Brazil this weekend, though.

Depending on tomorrow's verdict, this weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix could be his last for BAR but he is keen to ensure a superb season ends on a high.

"Brazil has always been a race that I have enjoyed," he said.

"Interlagos is a circuit that has seen some very good racing over the years, especially last year with the wet conditions.

"It's also a circuit where our car will perform very well, better than in Shanghai and Suzuka I feel.

"This is the last chance we have of a win this season and probably the best chance over the last few races.

"You need good braking stability at Interlagos because a lot of the time you're braking and turning in at the same time. I think we have that and so we are looking strong."

Whatever the CRB verdict, Richards is proud of how BAR have regrouped following Button's shock announcement in August.

The team have virtually tied up second place in the constructors' championship despite the off-track disruption and Richards was keen to praise their efforts.

"This team has proven to the world that we are a group of professionals who work extraordinarily well together and have proved in the face of all odds that we can deliver results," he said.

"The question is how have we performed in the last few races since this issue raised its' head? We have performed impeccably, every single person in the team.

"All credit to Jenson, in the face of very difficult circumstances he has behaved impeccably.

"He has been very, very professional and no-one can deny that, as has everyone around him as well. It is a true measure of a great team."