McLaren in the News – 15th November 2009

I’m still the best in the world, says Hamilton @ Little About
Sunday 15th November
London, Nov 15- ANI: Former Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton, who saw his Brawn GP rival Jenson Button succeed him as the F1 champ this season, insists that he is still the best in the world.

Hamilton scored just nine points in the first nine races, but had a stunning second half, bagging two wins to finish fifth in the standings.

I love having No.1 on my car, I love being recognized as the best driver out there. At the end of the season the No.1 was taken off my car, but that doesn’t mean anything changes in that sense, The News of the World quoted Hamilton, as saying. (read more…)

Mercedes driving champ Button out @ Mirror.co.uk Sport
Sunday 15th November
Jenson BUTTON’s bid to stay at Brawn is being torpedoed by Mercedes’ plans to turn the Brackley operation into Team Germany.

Formula 1 world champion Button has been made a final £3.5million take-it-or-leave-it deal by Brawn GP, according to sources at the team.

That is nearly £5m less than the 29-year-old wants for bringing in the sport’s ultimate silverware. Mercedes is only days from announcing a buyout of Brawn which will give it a controlling interest in the team. (read more…)

Go For The Car Not The Cash, Jens @ Daily Star Sunday Motorsports
Sunday 15th November
DAVID Coulthard has warned 2009 world champion Jenson Button not to take a wrong turn in his search for a mega pay rise.

Brit Button, 28, wants his £3million-a-year wages at Brawn GP to rocket to £8m.

He says that’s the amount he sacrificed to help keep the team afloat following Honda’s withdrawal from Formula One. (read more…)

Button to McLaren – the real deal or just pretend? @ Reuters
Saturday 14th November
Jenson Button’s eye-catching visit to McLaren on Friday is of obvious benefit to both parties, whatever the reality behind the headlines.

If a deal is done, the new Formula One champion gets the bigger salary that Brawn are reluctant or unable to pay as well as a potentially winning car for next season.

McLaren would get a line-up of champions that will appeal to global sponsors like Vodafone and show that they remain, along with Ferrari, a big hitting team that can always pull in the top talent. (read more…)

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