Button Misses Brawn GP Title Celebration at Brackley
Amid several reports claiming Button is looking for work elsewhere, another piece of information added to those allegations. Apparently, the newly crowned world champion was nowhere to be seen during Brawn GP's title celebration at Brackley, during the course of the weekend.
“Members of the locally based F1 team, winners of the constructors' title, rode through the Northamptonshire town in open-top buses, while team heads Brawn and Nick Fry sat on the back shelf of a Mercedes convertible,” said a report issued by the GMM news agency on the Brawn GP celebration.
In the meantime, reporters in the UK found out that Button is currently spending some quality time with his girlfriend – soon to be fiancee, according to one of her previous statements – bikini model Jessica Michibata.
However, when asked about the Briton's prospects for the future alongside the Brawn GP outfit, the team owner could not have sounded more optimistic. According to Brawn, Button's chances of retaining his job at Brackley are close to 100%, and only a statement from the team will make it official in the near future.
“I can give you 99 per cent on Jenson Button (staying). We have nothing more to say at this time except that we expect to be in good shape for next year,” said Brawn during the ceremonies.
Brawn recently told the media in the UK that the rumors regarding Button's potential quit from the team were started by rival teams, wanting to destabilize the situation at the British team. Apparently, Button's staying is only a question of money, as the Brit wants a decent increase in salary as compared to 2009. At the beginning of last year, he accepted a drastic 50% cut in earnings in order to save the team from going bankrupt, following Honda's withdrawal from the sport.