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Button pays McLaren visit

Jenson Button and manager Richard Goddard visit McLaren's headquarters at Woking fuelling talk of a move for the F1 title winner
Speculation about the future of F1 champion Jenson Button has increased after the Briton became the latest visitor to McLaren's Woking headquarters.

Following in the footsteps of Kimi Raikkonen's management team earlier this week, Button and manager Richard Goddard visited the McLaren Technology Centre on Friday to be given a guided tour by team principal Martin Whitmarsh, according to a report in the Guardian.

While a McLaren spokesman was quoted as saying that Button had 'made a small detour to say hello' after flying in to Heathrow, the 'paper claims that the new champion could turn his back on Brawn GP to seal a deal which would see him partner Lewis Hamilton in an all-British line-up for 2010.

The report also suggests that terms could be finalised on a deal as early as next week, which would give McLaren a pairing comprising the last two F1 champions for the 2010 campaign.

Button's future at Brawn GP has been thrown into doubt following a row over money, with the Briton having taken a pay cut to remain with the team following the management buy-out led by Ross Brawn after Honda withdrew from F1.

On the back of securing the 2009 drivers' title, Button is now seeking to increase his wage again for next season, although no agreement has been reached with his team.

That comes despite team boss Brawn suggesting that a deal could be done which would allow the driver more freedom to negotiate personal deals – thus reducing the amount the team would need to pay out itself.

Speaking to the Guardian, Goddard insisted that Button was merely exploring his options for next season but argued that the demands put to Brawn hadn't been unreasonable.

"As I've said many times before, Jenson wants to drive a car which is capable of winning the next world championship," he said. "We've been talking about possible terms for 2010 with Brawn for months and we're not being difficult or unreasonably expensive in our demands for Jenson. In fact we've given up quite a lot of negotiating ground in our discussions with them.




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Alan D - Unregistered

November 13, 2009 11:04 PM

Oh the Machiavellian possibilities. Maybe Mcl invited Button whilst thinking "we don't really want him but it will put pressure on Kimi to sign if he thinks we are chasing Button." Meanwhile Button is thinking "I don't really want to go to Mcl but I'll play along and maybe it will force Ross to up his offer". Meanwhile Kimi is wondering if Mcl are secretly talking to Rosberg and he is just a decoy for the press, and Ross Brawn is thinking that if he can just get Button to sign for Mclaren then he can probably get Kimi for next to nothing.

Pompous - Unregistered

November 13, 2009 10:49 PM

The odds of brawn repeating their 09 success is 14-1. Very unlikely they'll have a great chassis and loophole to exploit and even though they'll have a merc engine at the back it wont be enough. FI got merc engines (and trannies too) and their season have been dismal so far except for spa and monza. Button surely knows about this fact which is why he's "shopping" at mclaren. Winning an F1 championship is about 20% man and 80% machine. And right now brawn probably arent capable of delivering an 80% machine. If he's going to stay there and incapable of defending his title, might as well make some money out of it. Thats just the way it is.



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