F1 » Button breached contract, says 'disappointed' Brawn

Recently-crowned F1 World Champion Jenson Button did not leave Brawn GP due to disagreements over salary, Ross Brawn and Nick Fry contend - with a breach in contract caused by his unexpected visit to McLaren-Mercedes having led to an offer of £12 million-a-year being withdrawn

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Taz - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:47 AM

Why didn't they make the offer much earlier then...they all knew yonks ago about the Mercedes buy in ages ago.

Something doesn't stack up here. I suspect they know they will be negative publicity for Mercedes for been seen to have forced him out, both parties have their stories, depends who's you believe I guess.

Somebody is telling porkies though ! :?

Cubikrube - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:53 AM

If Brawn GP had of made a decent offer early on then Jenson would still be with them. They tried playing hardball, then it seemed they backtracked and by that time Jenson had his head turned. When you see the Macca technology centre it is rather impressive and that is just from the outside!
And don't start giving out old history when Jenson bought his way out of a contract, i don't think this has any bearing on what has happened over the last few days. The flipside is that Jenson voluntarily dropped his wages at the start of the year and let's not forget all the talk of Brawn not being(initially) willing to bring those wages back to the level that they were formally despite getting the WDC

zanardi98 - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:54 AM

Brawn are makein this up! All along Brawn were saying we wont pay you anymore than $4million but will give button some freedom in personal sponsorship deals. Then they lose him and then say "Oh hang on we were just about to offer you 12 million!" Bullcrap....

Juice - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:54 AM

Another hamilton/Alonso year again. McLaren is Hamiltons team and it will never change, even if Button wins more races or gets more points next year. I think if Button would have stayed with Brawn, Mercedes would have never bought the team since they want an all German line up. I wonder if McLaren would still build the team around Hamilton say if Mika would make a return, theoretically speaking.

brummie - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:55 AM

Ross Brawn treated Button shabbly lately and can understand he sign elswhere.

Did Ross tell the press last week that they can only afford a certain amount and give Button the freedom to have personal sponsorships himself, now the goalposts is moved saying the offer was more than McLaren!

Ross, stop the bull**** and stick your facts that you want a cheap driver, Nick Heidfeld is free and waiting for the call. :D

Lamarck - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:56 AM

It seems that the whole truth will never be known.

But if this is even close to being correct - Brawn offering him sensible money (as in not the disrespectful amount that was previously talked about) as their world champion, Button needs to seek psychiatric help - the McLaren move is nothing but idiotic (which is why I suspect the whole truth isn't out).

As has been mentioned, though, as the past has proved, he's not the most highly regarded, loyal negotiator.

Tealeaf - Unregistered

November 19, 2009 10:56 AM

I think that Jenson has done a brave thing here signing for Mclaren, I didn't like the tone of Nobhead Haug's tone at all there and it seems like its the germans and not Brawn/fry that wanted Jenson out.

So it seems like Jenson is not motivated by money at all if he took a deal from Mclaren worth half as much, where's all the bashing saying he's only after the biggest paycheck?

This man has bottle and steel to test himself against Hamilton and it needs to be admired.

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