Over the past few weeks I have been wrongly criticizing Jenson Button for not simply putting pen to paper and re-signing with Brawn GP. I had believed that it was all about money, and whilst I understood his complaints, not being a millionaire myself, I rejected them as simply greedy demands. This obviously tainted my view of my sporting hero. However, there’s good news and bad news to now report.
The good news….I was wrong about Jenson, it isn’t all about money as far as he is concerned. The bad news……well Brawn GP is about to be turned into team Mercedes.
Yesterday it was revealed that Mercedes had bought Brawn GP. The German car Giant will now own 75% of Brawn in partnership with an Abu Dhabi investment company.
Brawn GP is no more, we will now know the Championship team as Mercedes Grand Prix.
The thing is, this new team wants German drivers. That seemed absolutely fine to me, in fact I was looking forward to having two of my favorite drivers in my team for next year (Jenson and Rosberg).
However, no doubt thanks to the friendship between Mercedes and Rosberg’s father, it looks as if Nico will be number one. The BBC website suggests that his team mate will be Nick Heidfeld.
It now looks as if Jenson will be moving to McLaren where many believe he will be dwarfed by Hamilton. I don't think that is true (as Jenson's smooth style could make all the difference next year), but I can tell you that McLaren are my Manchester United of the F1 world. For those of you who don’t know, I hate Manchester United!
This whole episode has completely spoilt the 2009 fairytale for me as Brawn GP……cough……sorry, Mercedes GP have now simply joined the ranks of big money Ferrari and McLaren. Although the team was re-branded last year as Brawn GP, it still felt like my beloved old Honda team. The driver line up was the same, Nick Fry was there ect. The re-branding never felt complete, and I liked that, but now it's over and the team will take a very new direction.
I am struggling to form sentences here to be honest with you. I actually feel the same as I did last December when it was announced that Honda were pulling out. I feel like I have now really lost my team and perhaps my interest in the sport.
I will never be a McLaren fan. I will remain a Jenson fan wherever he goes, but my weakening interest in F1 has taken an extra dive since yesterday.