The Daily Mail is reporting that Brawn GP is more than likely going to match the salary demands of Jenson Button. This, after rumors of a possible move to McLaren, has been suggested by Button’s manager Richard Goddard.
Apparently Button is asking for £8m and one has to assume that while it is a tidy sum; Button to a hefty pay cut and paid for some of his own travel expenses this year to keep the team afloat. So it comes with some understanding when Goddard was quoted as saying, ‘We were led to believe that if Brawn were successful, then Jenson would be as well,’.
Brawn GP’s finances are something of an enigma if you ask me. They were rumored to running ona shoestring budget and then it was suggested that Honda had put some serious cash upfront to see the team through the 2009 season. Then Virgin came in with sponsorship but that was soon accused of being very little money.
Just a few months ago, team boss Nick Fry told the press that they had secured some serious sponsorship deals that would fund the team for the next three years but the car was never re-branded nor were there changes tot he name (i.e. Vodafone McLaren Merces).
Now rumors are rampant that Mercedes is seeking a serious investment position in the team if not to take control of the team altogether as the McLaren partnership sours milk in the sun.
So which is it? Poor as church mice or kings of cash coming off a world title year? It is a bad economy and one can forgive Brawn GP for being prudent with their cash but in the end game; Button really has no choice but to demand what he wants as he may never be in a better position to do so.
If I’m honest? If money is tight, I’d let Button walk and take Nico Rosberg as well as pick up Bruno Senna and his Brazilian sponsor money that is rumored to be dripping from his pockets. Nothing against our man Button but he is not Alonso, Hamilton, Vettel, or Kimi.