FORMER world champion Jacques Villenueve did not wait to see his teammate Jenson Button give BAR Honda their first two points in the F1 season yesterday.
The 31-year-old French-Canadian, who did not get to start the race due to electrical problem which damaged the gearbox, left the circuit immediately after scrambling to get the machine back in good condition for the race.
But Button made up for his teammate's misfortune by finishing seventh in 1'32:28.679, giving the first two points of the season to his team.
The 23-year-old Button, who had been embroiled in a war of words with his teammate, said that he was disappointed that he could not hold on to a fifth position.
“We were a lot slower than the Renault today. I held off Jarno (Trulli) for as long as I could,” said Button.
Then at the last corner, I braked as I normally would and the rear just locked up. I went straight in and Michael (Schumacher) was able to get through.
Renault's Trulli and Ferrari's Schumacher finished fifth and sixth respectively.
“It's very disappointing because I was fighting hard to hold on to number five. We got some points though and that's the main thing, so I am optimistic for Brazil,” said Button.
Team principal David Richards said: “This is certainly a week of mixed emotions.
“It is clearly very disappointing for Jacques because I am sure his race strategy would have led to a very solid result.
“But on the other hand the team can take encouragement from the overall performance of both cars.
“Jenson battled with the balance of his car throughout the race and was unfortunate to drop a couple of places on the last lap. We have a couple of points in the bag and clearly a car that is improving with every race.”
BAR Honda are now in sixth position in the constructors' standings with two points.
Four teams – Jordan, Minardi, Panasonic Toyota and Jaguar – have yet to garner any points after two round of the World Championships.