Button ‘sad’ to see Toyota go

Jenson Button has spoken of his sadness at seeing Toyota pull out of Formula One.

The newly crowned 2009 world champion, who came close to being without a drive this season after seeing his own team Honda pull the plug on grand prix racing, says he expected the Japanese manufacturer to continue in the sport.

“It’s sad,” Button told reporters. “I thought they would continue, but they haven’t been able to, which is a pity for Formula 1, and obviously a pity for Toyota. A little bit sad, and hopefully we can survive without them. Two manufacturers leaving this year.

“A couple of new teams are arriving, but they won’t be competitive straight off, so it’s sad, but they obviously have their reasons, as Honda did.”