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Button/Brawn salary disagreement 'a bridge that can be crossed'

Newly-crowned world champion Jenson Button looks likely to remain at Brawn GP in F1 2010, after the team argued that the impasse in salary talks is 'a bridge that can be crossed'
The discrepancy between what newly-crowned F1 World Champion Jenson Button wants to be paid in 2010 and what Brawn GP is willing to give him is 'a bridge that can be crossed', insists Nick Fry – as both sides admit their desire to keep working together next year in search of continued glory.

Button has already affirmed that he is keen to remain on-board at Brackley in 2010 in a bid to become the first British driver in F1 history to clinch back-to-back world championship titles [see separate story – click here] – and he similarly revealed that earnest discussions regarding contract renewal can now begin, after he successfully lifted the laurels one race early courtesy of an impressively aggressive performance in the Brazilian Grand Prix at Interlagos at the weekend.

It has been repeatedly claimed, however, that talks have reached a standstill due to the Frome-born ace's desire to see the £5 million he gave up last winter – to help the team to stay afloat and rise phoenix-like from the ashes in the wake of parent company Honda's sudden and shock withdrawal at the end of 2008 – re-instated, a demand that team principal Ross Brawn is apparently unwilling to meet.

Brawn is now in a far healthier financial situation than it was back on the eve of the campaign, and Button's argument is that his outstanding results and achievement in 2009 merit a higher retainer. It has been speculated that team-mate Rubens Barrichello's anticipated switch to Williams next year could as much as quadruple the Brazilian's present salary.

“We're not Honda anymore,” Brawn is quoted as having said by F1SA, alluding to the fact that there is no longer a bottomless pit of funding upon which to draw and stating that the team's 2010 line-up will be finalised 'over the next few weeks'. “We've got to find the balance between what Jenson's happy and motivated with, and what we can afford. I'm sure we will.”

“He wants to be with us and we'd like him to stay with us,” added Brawn GP CEO Fry, “so that is a good starting point. I wouldn't like to say how far apart we are in money terms, but it's a bridge that can be crossed.”



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yawn - Unregistered

October 20, 2009 10:02 PM

Well Rob01 you obviously did not take my toothpick advice. Or maybe you did because your comments as usual are out in never never land. I hope your mom knows you are on the computer.Once again you tell us other sites are "speaking your words", just like your comment that Sebastian Vettel was saying the same as you. You read so much stuff you cant even form your own opinion. You are such a self important windbag.

Alan D - Unregistered

October 20, 2009 10:42 PM

Rob, there is a big hole in your FIA gift theory. If the FIA was doing that then they'd have gifted the diffuser to Honda and stopped them pulling out of F1 in the first place and avoided the funding crisis which the Honda pull-out precipitated. Giving it to Brawn after Honda has gone is pointless. I don't know why the FIA felt it didn't need to clarify the meaning of the regulations, or why Renault were told the double diffuser was illegal when they asked, but I don't think your conspiracy theory holds up.



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