F1’s Contracts Recognition Board will this week announce which team has a binding agreement with Jenson Button for the 2005 season. Whichever way the Board rules, the outcome will be make or break for Anthony Davidson and Antonio Pizzonia.

F1’s Contracts Recognition Board will this week announce which team has a binding agreement with Jenson Button for the 2005 season. Whichever way the Board rules, the outcome will be make or break for Anthony Davidson and Antonio Pizzonia.


BAR has already gone on record stating that it will honour the CRB’s decision and was quoted a Williams-BMW spokesman as saying the Grove-based team would not pursue Button if he is told to stay with the Honda-backed team.


A recent report suggested (team boss) Sir Frank Williams was happy to abide with, rather than legally contest, the decision of the FIA-sponsored contract recognition board.


BAR test driver Anthony Davidson will be awaiting the CRB’s decision with interest as he is likely to be promoted to race driver alongside Takuma Sato should Button move to Williams.


Williams-BMW test driver Antonio Pizzonia, who substituted for the injured Ralf Schumacher in three grands prix this year, also waits to hear the CRB’s decision. He will be secretly hoping that Button is forced to stay at BAR as the Brazilian is the most likely candidate to get the drive at Williams alongside Mark Webber.


During a test session last week at Jerez, Pizzonia again impressed his team with his pace, topping the timesheets on two of the three days of running. If he joins Webber at Williams next season, the Grove-based team will have the same line-up Jaguar had at the start of the 2003 season.