The bad blood continues following Jenson Button’s defection from Brawn GP to McLaren…
The Mercedes Grand Prix team (formerly Brawn GP), has reiterated that Button will remain under full contract with the team until the end of the year, meaning that he will not be able to take an active role as a McLaren driver until New Year’s Day.
Officially contracted to Brawn / Mercedes-Benz until December 31, Button’s work with McLaren will be postponed until the New Year, with his former team keeping a close eye on the activities of the World Champion.
With some teams having made agreements to release drivers early or make exceptions to deals – an example being Renault allowing Fernando Alonso to join the Ferrari World Finals in Valencia, or BMW allowing Robert Kubica to appear in rallies for Renault – Fry is explicitly clear with respect to Button’s contract situation.
"Jenson will not be doing anything at all for McLaren until the end of this calendar year," Nick Fry, Mercedes GP CEO, has told AUTOSPORT, "and if he does, we will be looking on it very dimly. He didn’t have any obligations to us for 2010 but there are issues with regards to the signing process, on which we are in discussion with him at the moment.
"There are clear constraints on what Jenson can do between now and the end of the year, which we will be rigorously enforcing," he continued.
Got that, Jenson?
[Original image via Reuters]