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Report: Jenson Button, Ross Brawn Nearing Deal

Well, those Jenson Button to McLaren rumors were fun while they lasted. The Times is reporting today that Button and Brawn management are close to a deal that would essentially return the new world champion to his old salary, an increase the paper calls a “recession-busting” one. Once this deal is all locked up, it leaves just one former world champion unsigned; Kimi Raikkonen. (Meaning a former world champ that we think anyone really wants.) The meat of the Times’ piece is this that Ross Brawn, the team owner, may not be able to fund a full restoration of the $8 million-a-year in Button’s original deal. But there are clear signs that he is prepared to move much closer to his driver’s demands. “Jenson is obviously a great dr...

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