mike wrote:if button is the most complete driver, then why didnt great teams such as Mclaren, Ferrari and co pick him
Maybe because he ended up selling his soul to BAR/Honda after their contractual disputes with Williams in both 2004 and 2005 ...
Wikipedia wrote:Despite his success with BAR, on 5 August 2004 Button revealed he had signed for Williams for the next two years, sparking a controversial contract dispute. An apparent loophole in his BAR contract permitted him to leave if Honda's commitment to the team was in any doubt.
BAR boss David Richards fought to keep his driver, though Frank Williams maintained that the switch was entirely legal. The FIA Contract Recognition Board (CRB) held a hearing on 16 October in Milan, Italy, to determine Button's 2005 status, concluding that he was contracted to BAR-Honda for the 2005 season.
Wikipedia wrote:In 2005 Button again found himself the subject of contractual controversy. Despite having signed a contract to drive for the Williams team for 2006 he judged the likely prospects for that team to have declined, as their engine suppliers BMW had purchased the Sauber team and were to stop supplying engines to Williams. Frank Williams was adamant that the contract must be honoured despite Button claiming that circumstances had changed and he had a right to remain at BAR.
On 21 September 2005, BAR confirmed that Button would once again drive for them in 2006 (having bought out his contract from Williams for a reported $30m,) where he would partner ex-Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello.
And the rest is history ...
After that fiasco, it's hard for me to believe that any other team would think his signature on paper is worth any more than it's resale value on eBay