Button 99% certain to stay at Brawn

Button 99% certain to stay at Brawn

Formula One team owner Ross Brawn is 99% sure that the newly-crowned Formula One champion Jenson Button will remain with the Brawn GP team next season.

Brawn, who was asked by BBC Radio 5 Live whether Button would be on the team, said: "You're never 100% - but I'd say 99%."

"Jenson's obviously a great driver, so he's got to be a target. We want Jenson to stay in the team, and I think we'll find a solution."

Button agreed to a £5 million-reduction in pay after former team owners Honda withdrew last December. He even paid for his travel and hotel bills.

However, a change in his contract seems imminent, and Brawn expects the matter to be resolved within a fortnight of the close of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Brawn told the BBC Radio 5 Live Sportsweek programme: "Jenson has a contract with us. But that contract is not the salary of a world champion, not the salary of a team that is in a much stronger position than it was 10 months ago.

"We're working with Jenson to find a balance between what we can afford and what he feels is fair for his status and the contribution he can make in the future."

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