Jenson Button has been cleared to race in the Canadian Grand Prix following his high-speed accident in Monaco. The BAR-Honda driver was kept in hospital overnight after crashing during practice for the Monte Carlo GP.

Button's car slammed into safety barriers at over 180mph and he was then withdrawn from the race by his team on medical advice. Button had to be cut from his car and was taken to the Princess Grace Hospital but was released in time to watch the race. After being cleared to take part in Montreal, Button has returned to training ahead of the race. But he has opted to miss a scheduled test in Italy tomorrow.

A statement released by his team today read: The Lucky Strike BAR-Honda driver Jenson Button has recovered well following his accident in last Saturday's free practice session for the Monaco Grand Prix. He has now resumed his usual training programme in preparation for the forthcoming Canadian Grand Prix.

Button was given a full examination by the FIA's Medical Delegate, Professor Sid Watkins, and it was decided that he should sit out the one-day test in Monza in order to recover fully for Montreal.

Filed by Barry J Whyte