Jenson Button receives championship-winning F1 race car after filing lawsuit against Brawn-Mercedes
When Jenson Button found a last-minute seat to drive for a relatively unknown Brawn GP team in the 2009 Formula 1 season, a provision in his contract said that should he win the driver’s championship that year, he would be entitled to keep one of the race cars he used to win the championship.
Knowing full well that the chances of Jenson Button actually winning the driver’s championship at that time was somewhere along little to no chance, Brawn appeased the Briton’s request on the ground that he take a salary cut from his previous teams. Then, something strange happened. Improbable as it was, Button not only won the driver’s championship, but he did so in dominating fashion. Unfortunately, the victor never did get to enjoy one of his spoils as the promised race car was never given to the crowned world champion.
Instead of giving him one of the genuine race cars he used to dominate F1 in 2009, Button was offered a replica with which the Briton flat out rejected and has since filed a lawsuit against the team for breach of contract. Anything to get what he wants, right? Apparently, both Button and Brawn GP - now called Mercedes GP - have already settled their dispute and that Button will, in fact, receive his championship-clinching F1 racer.