Brawn hints team will not pay Button more

The Brawn team is unlikely to simply agree to Jenson Button's demands for a higher retainer in 2010. Team boss Ross Brawn has been quoted in British newspapers as saying the most the new world champion will be offered is more freedom to seek his...

The Brawn team is unlikely to simply agree to Jenson Button's demands for a higher retainer in 2010.

Team boss Ross Brawn has been quoted in British newspapers as saying the most the new world champion will be offered is more freedom to seek his own personal sponsors.

The two parties have been deadlocked in their negotiations about a new contract for next season, with Button wanting to revert to his retainer of the Honda days after agreeing to slash his pay amid the management buyout last winter.

The Guardian and Daily Mail newspapers said Button, who has reportedly been in talks about an alternative drive alongside Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, is seeking more than 6 million pounds sterling -- about double his 2009 wage.

"We can offer a higher proportion of driver freedom and that will probably be the route we will go," said Brawn. "Jenson has some freedom for his own endorsements but has a commitment to meet our obligations."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Ross Brawn , Lewis Hamilton
Teams McLaren