F1 » Brawn: We didn't push Jenson Button, he jumped


Ross Brawn insists that 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button was not deliberately manoeuvred out of Brawn GP/Mercedes Grand Prix in order to make room for the incoming Michael Schumacher in 2010.

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Alan - Unregistered

December 24, 2009 4:30 PM

Well thats a load of bo**ocks, everyone knows brawn did what they could to get rid of button and barrichello.

No matter what type of company u are, thats how they all get rid of employees, by letting them know their not wanted

107SS2009

December 24, 2009 4:56 PM

I am one that always and still have the highest respect for Ross Brawn but now Brawn has let himself be attached to Mercedes PR standard, full stop.
NH of Mercedes says they was in contact with MS some six months ago, they must also have been in contact with brawn at the same time, ok I am to believe that up to the time they got Rosberg they was genuinely trying to retain Button, but once they signed Rosberg they had no place for Button.
Why didn't they told him what their intensions were, or maybe they did and that's when Button jumped.
A happy CHristmas to all.

Wolfy35

December 24, 2009 4:57 PM

Ross Brawn: We didn't push Jenson Button, he jumped...

Maybe he jumped because he knew he was going to be pushed and chose to make sure he got a good seat for 2010.

I used to have a lot of respect for Ross Brawn but with this whole debarcle he has shown his true colours and now we know he is just as sleazy and untrustworthy as Nick Fry

doris nutscrubber - Unregistered

December 24, 2009 5:16 PM

I wouldn't blame ross brawn if he did get rid of button after all he is a mediocre driver,who had the advantage of the double diffuser to get his 6 race wins that won him the WDC.
Once the others especially red bull got a double diffuser button reverted to being what he is,a mid pack runner.

stumacher

December 24, 2009 5:18 PM

Before everyone gets too excited with the conspiracy theories, it was Mercedes who said they were in contact with MS six months ago, not Brawn. I'm sure if Mercedes wanted an F1 team they had options other than buying Brawn. Admittedly McLaren would have been an unlikely purchase, but Force India maybe? Or one of the departing teams.

Also. I don't think anyone earning several million per year should be afforded the same kind of employment rights as regular Joe and Jo Publics, especially when they're out of contract.

Martin - Unregistered

December 24, 2009 5:30 PM

Hmmmm If Brawn/Mercedes GP wanted JB so much why didn't they pay him the reported £7million that he wanted, after all they could find a reported £6.2million for Schumacher.
Haug/Brawn have obviously been concocting this little game for a while. Merc GP said they wanted 2 German drivers, they've got them and McLaren have 2 British Drivers, let the games commence.
To anyone working for Brawn/Merc GP just remember a pat on the back is a recce for a knife.

rob01

December 24, 2009 5:32 PM

Ross talked with MS at Abu. He asked him then if he would be returning. MS said no. 2 weeks later ROSS called again and MS said yes. SO all the while yelling they wanted button to sign, Ross was just pulling his leg.

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