It has been revealed that Jenson Button visited the McLaren factory this week. The Englishman is currently without a contract ahead of his season of title defence and, with seemingly difficult negotiations ongoing with Brawn GP, is now linked again with a move to the Surrey team to partner compatriot Lewis Hamilton.
"As I’ve said many times before, Jenson wants to drive
wherever he is paid the most a car which is capable of winning the next World Championship," Button’s manager, Richard Goddard, told The Guardian. "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."
Having taken a 40% pay cut for 2009, Button is believed to desire a doubling of his salary to £6m for 2010 although Team Principal Ross Brawn feels that, instead of this, handing Button more freedom for personal sponsorship deals is a more appropriate approach.
"I think it’s also important that Jenson
is paid through the nose wants to feel valued in whatever situation he finds himself next season," Goddard added. "He needs to explore all the feasible options."
A McLaren spokesperson has confirmed Button’s visit, explaining that the Champion ‘made a small detour to Woking to say hello’.