Button to get £5 mn salary hike: reports

Finally, it seems like Jenson Button has got what he wanted – a pay rise after sealing his first drivers’ title at the Brazilian Grand Prix last weekend. With Brawn GP having no intention of parting ways with Button, it is believed that they have agreed to a £5 million pay rise for the champ. The contract negotiations will be sorted out before next month, reported The Times. And with Ross Brawn stating that Button is not going anywhere the rumour mills have been doused for the long time being.

The Briton has been linked to couple of top teams since securing his first world title. One of the rumours that made the rounds was of a British ‘Super Team’, featuring Button and Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, which was a possibility till the reports of Button getting a hike emerged. According to the reports, Button had taken a £5 million pay cut – to £3 million a year – to race for Brawn this season after former team Honda pulled out in December. He even paid for most of his flights and hotel bills en route to the top of the drivers’ championship.

When asked if he was 100 per cent sure that Button will stay, Brawn said: “You are never 100 per cent but I would say 99 per cent. Jenson’s obviously a great driver, so he has got to be a target. We want Jenson to stay in the team and I think we will find a solution.” Jenson had a contract with us. But that contract is not the salary of a world champion, not the salary of a team that is in much stronger position than it was 10 months ago. We are working with Jenson to find a balance between what we can afford and what he feels is fair for his status,” The Sun quoted Brawn, as saying.

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