• Jun 24, 2010
To the victor go the spoils. It's an age-old adage, and with good reason. But after winning the world championship last year, Jenson Button had another battle on his hands.

In negotiating his contract with Brawn GP for last season, Button reportedly agreed to a salary cut given the team's drastically reduced budget compared to the well-funded Honda years. A clause, however improbable it may have seemed at the time, was included in the contract that stipulated that, should Button win the championship, he'd be entitled to keep one of the cars with which he won it.

After the season was done, Button moved to McLaren and Mercedes bought the Brawn team, the chassis wasn't delivered. Offering instead to build Button a replica, the team reportedly claimed there weren't enough chassis to go around, so Button's company took the team to court.

The parties have reportedly since settled out of court and Button is due to take possession of his championship-winning car. But if you thought he had an easy ride to the title, claiming the prize apparently proved anything but.

[Source: ESPN]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this is funny they didnt think he would actually win so why not put that in the contract, but now they dont want to give it to him thats just wrong.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, it will make an awesome coffee table. Just imagine getting hammered with your buds and starting that thing up to piss off the neighbours.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Didn't I already read about this?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would sue too if someone denied giving me a contract-obligated item worth reportedly over $1.5 million.

      Plus it's a damn sweet car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        1.5mill? HAH that might pay for some of the exhaust...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The contract clause reads "In the event that the driver wins the championship at any time during the term, the company shall transfer ... ownership of one chassis of the type driven by the driver during that winning season." With all the references specifically to the chassis, I get the feeling that there is actually no engine included in the deal. I'm not positive, though.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh no... where on Earth is he going to get access to a Mercedes F1 engine? :P
      • 4 Years Ago
      If a happened to come across a fully functioning F1 car, I think I would have to drive it on the street, consequences be damned.

      Of course, I bet I wouldn't get 400 meters before a good ol' New England pothole tore the thing to shreds.

      It would be worth it to watch the rubber-neckers crack their vertabrae to see what was making that ungodly banshee-shriek as the engine winds up.

        • 4 Years Ago
        You'd need to find yourself a crew of trained technicians just to get the thing started and running properly.

        I know a guy that has a fully-functional old Indy Lights car, and has never taken it out because he doesn't have enough people to help get it running.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No worries, if it needed repairs or new tires, I'd just take it to my local Mercedes dealer.

        "A new set of Primes, please." ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I suddenly imagined Jenson thinking, "I wonder how much I can get for this thing on eBay..." :P

      But congrats to him for sticking up for what is rightfully his. He didn't *have* to take a pay-cut, but he did to help the team, and this struggle is how they repay him? Maybe it's better he moved to McLaren...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, If the crappy 1992 Ferrari was offered for $ 750.000, I can't imagine how much a car like this (world champion car, sold by the driver, first and last Brawn GP) would cost.
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