Jenson Button has revealed that Renault's Flavio Briatore "tried to employ me" for the 2009 season.

Jenson Button has revealed that Renault's Flavio Briatore "tried to employ me" for the 2009 season.

The drivers' championship leader was responding to Briatore's comments to the Italian press that Brawn's success is damaging the credibility of formula one.

Briatore said that while top teams employ champion drivers, Rubens Barrichello is teetering on the point of retirement, and Button can be likened to a kind of Italian roadside concrete bollard.

"He needs to remember that he tried to employ me for this year," 29-year-old Button, who raced for Briatore's Benetton/Renault team in 2001 and 2002, told reporters in Shanghai.

The Briton was unimpressed that Briatore's frustration about Renault's lack of competitiveness had caused him to attack the Brackley based team.

"He's obviously a very angry man after the diffuser issues, he's obviously very disappointed that he hasn't produced a car that's as competitive as ours," said Button.

"We've produced a very competitive car because of the workforce we've got and you can't take that away from them."

 

 

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