Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone has commented that jobless driver Jenson Button "should be in any of the top teams".
The 78-year-old tycoon clearly does not see Honda, which is currently looking for a new buyer for its Grand Prix outfit, as the best place for Button to realise his ambitions within the sport.
Ecclestone told the Telegraph: "It’s a pity because he’s committed to Honda for three years. I’d rather see him wait to get a seat in one of those than race in an uncompetitive car."
The British driver has already ruled out going into hibernation for the 2009 season and could well be waiting for a bid from one of the more financially-stable teams.
It has been rumoured that he could switch to Toro Rosso.
Meanwhile, BMW has reiterated its commitment to F1. The company’s sales and marketing executive Ian Robertson told Motor Und Sport magazine website: "There is hardly a better platform than Formula One to demonstrate the values of our brand."
Written by James Christie