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Brawn: We want Jenson Button to stay

Brawn GP '99 per cent' certain of keeping newly crowned F1 world champion Jenson Button in 2010
Ross Brawn has said he is hopeful they will find a solution so that Jenson Button will remain with the Brackley-based outfit next year.

There has been a lot of speculation in recent days about Button's future and the newly crowned F1 world champion has been linked to a number of teams, most noticeably McLaren-Mercedes, where he would link-up with fellow countryman, Lewis Hamilton [see separate story – click here].

Brawn GP has also been criticised by Button's manager, Richard Goddard and F1 ringmaster, Bernie Ecclestone, for its failure to agree new terms with the Englishman for 2010.

However, speaking to BBC Radio 5 live today, Brawn said a deal should be concluded within weeks.

"We're working to find a balance between what we can afford and what Jenson feels is fair for his status and contribution," said Brawn. "You are never 100 per cent sure but I would say [we are] 99 per cent [there].

"Jenson's obviously a great driver, so for those teams out there without their full complement of drivers, he has got to be a target – [but] we want Jenson to stay and I think we will find a solution. Jenson has a contract with us but, of course, that contract is not the salary of a world champion and not the salary of a team that's now in a much stronger position than it was 10 months ago.

"We've set a target of two weeks after the last race to get this concluded, but maybe it'll happen before then. We have a great relationship with Jenson, he has been a wonderful part of the team and his race performance has been exemplary.

"It's finding the middle ground between what we can afford compared to all the things we need to do with the team. We have a finite amount of resources and we have to look at the best way of spending that," Brawn summed-up.

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Jenson Button, F1 Champion [Pic credit: Brawn GP]
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Jenson Button, F1 Champion [Pic credit: Brawn GP]
Jenson Button, F1 Champion [Pic credit: Brawn GP]
Jenson Button, F1 Champion [Pic credit: Brawn GP]
Ross Brawn (GBR) Team Principal, Brawn GP & Jenson Button (GBR) Brawn BGP001 Celebrate Maiden Win, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009

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JACKBEE - Unregistered

October 25, 2009 6:10 PM

I kind of feel sympathy for both of them. As Ross Brawn acknowledges its not the salary of a World champ, but,also there is only finite resources. From Jenson Buttons point of view why should he be undervalued compared to kimi, Fernando, Massa etc. Hmm, difficult one.

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