NOVEMBER 16, 2000
Button looks forward to Benetton challenge
JENSON BUTTON has insisted that he is desperate to return to the cockpit and start testing for his new team Benetton next month - even though he has to prove himself all over again.
The 20-year-old Briton has a month off in November after a stunning debut season this year, but after his two-year loan move from BMW-Williams to Benetton he cannot wait to prove himself.
"It's going to be a real challenge, but I'm up for it," said Button, who will make his debut in a Benetton car at the team's test in Jerez, Spain next month.
"Until I actually drive the car it is hard to predict anything. But they finished fourth last season an Flavio Briatore is back as the team boss. He did a great job leading Benetton when Michael Schumacher won the title."
Button made his debut in Formula One with BMW-Williams in March and was regarded as the second driver to Ralf Schumacher. He is looking forward to equal status with Benetton team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella.
He added: "I'm starting on equal terms with Fisichella, but he picked up a few seconds for the team this year. You don't easily do that if you're not with McLaren or Ferrari, so it will be interesting."
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