BAR boss Nick Fry is hoping the impending contract dispute surrounding Jenson Button does not end in the courts and believes it would be a "breach of human rights" should Williams force him to honour a contract for 2006.
Button has informed the team that he wants to remain with them for next season rather than head to Williams with whom he has a contract for 2006.
Sir Frank Williams is fully expecting Button to honour that commitment, however and, for the first time this season, Fry yesterday confirmed that the 25-year-old had no desire to join the Grove marque.
Fry has also revealed that BAR have told Williams they want Button. It would appear an ugly power struggle is again set to overshadow the remainder of the year, just as it did last season. Button wanted to join Williams rather than stay at BAR, claiming he had a contractual option to join them, and with confidence high he would do so.
In contrast, BAR were adamant they were holding on to their prized asset and had a watertight deal.
Ultimately, the Contract Recognitions Board determined Button's that future would be at BAR for this season.
In the wake of three points-scoring finishes, and after Sunday's first podium of the year in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Button's mind is made up.
He faces tricky negotiations with Williams in the hope of extricating himself from the deal he has with them, and much depends on their willingness to come to the table.
If they force Button's hand then it could get messy, with Fry stating: "I hope it does not go to court.
"Jenson naturally feels very at home at this team and he has made it clear to us this is where he would like to be.
"Obviously, Frank is saying there is a contract and if he says there is, there is, but to me the issue is 'do you want to use a piece of paper to force someone to do something they don't want to do?'
"That is an exceedingly dangerous activity and foolhardy. It seems to me to be a breach of human rights.
"If you force a driver to do something he doesn't want to do, he is not going to give his best, not only on the track but also to sponsors and everyone involved.
"A driver is a figurehead of the team and they have to be 100 per cent motivated. You do not get that by waving a piece of paper at them.
"So it is for Frank to decide what he wants to do. We have made clear we want Jenson in our team. We understand there are issues in achieving that but it doesn't in any way change our desire."
Fry is looking to Button to handle the complex nature of the situation with Williams, suggesting BAR are not going to buy him out of the contract he has with them.
Fry said: "That would have to be between Jenson and Williams. The contact lies between those two parties. We have not seen the contract, nor would we wish to.
"It is nothing to do with us and if there is a contract the two parties need to get their heads together and decide how to handle it. But I don't think Jenson knows what to anticipate. It is a bit out of the remits of a driver, so everything is being dealt with by his lawyers and his manager.
"I am sure they will give him advice on how long it will take but usually these things take time to get settled, so I would be surprised if it were settled this week.