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Button Admits a Lot of Money Involved in McLaren Deal

Jenson Button will travel to Abu Dhabi mainly for sightseeing, but also to officially begin talks for his new contract in Formula One. While Brawn if yet to guarantee him a world champion worth of contract, rumors started surfacing in the media that a switch to British rivals McLaren Mercedes is not out of the question either.

Although Mercedes' motorsport director Norbert Haug recently denied these allegations – while also stating that the Woking based team is looking to sign a German driver for the upcoming season – the 29-year old Brit yesterday fueled the rumors with a couple of “might-happen” anwers. Asked by the media if he is considering it, Button was mostly evasive in his answers.

I have achieved what I wanted to in F1 and I want new challenges. There's no one on this grid I wouldn't go up against. But I'm not talking about Lewis; I'm talking generally,” said Button, who admitted that moving to McLaren would definitely mean a boost in salary for the years to come.

Although money seems to be exactly the problem with his indecision to sign an extension to his Brawn GP deal, Button insisted that the financial part won't be decisive in his desire to continue with the Brackley based team or switch to another outfit. He also revealed that he held plenty of discussions with several teams, but won't make a decision until later this year.

They (McLaren) have just won the world (constructors') championship, you know. There is a lot of money involved in that. But as I have said before, money is not the most important factor for me. It wouldn't be fair (to name the teams that I've talked with) as I haven't yet sat down and discussed the future with my team. We are waiting to get this race out of the way first. I wouldn't put a percentage on anything,” concluded the 2009 champ.


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