Button still reluctant to forgive Villeneuve

By Ian Gordon
Wednesday 19 March 2003 01:00

Jenson Button is confident he can score his first points of the season in Malaysia this weekend, as long as his team-mate Jacques Villeneuve does not destroy his race again.

The 23-year-old Briton is still annoyed with the Canadian after missing out on a points finish on his debut for BAR-Honda in the season opener in Australia 10 days ago. Button's hopes were shattered when he was forced to wait in the pit-lane after Villeneuve wrongly came in for his stop in Melbourne at the same time and claimed afterwards he had a problem with his radio communication.

Even though the former world champion apologised after the race, the incident clearly still rankles with Button and it is obvious their frosty pre-season relationship has not thawed.

"To see a definite points finish and a very possible top-six place dashed because your team-mate decides to come in and refuel on the same lap that I had been told to do so is, to put it lightly, frustrating," said Button.

Button added: "I'm in a car that should consistently score points, might make a few podiums and could deliver my maiden victory."

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