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Button set to new McLaren deal

June.20 – 2009 world champion Jenson Button is confirm to sign a new multi-year contract with McLaren on improved terms.

Some news agencies have reported that Button is on the verge of renew his deal beyond 2012, following an unidentified source told the News of the World at the weekend that competitor team Ferrari is interested in the McLaren driver Jenson Button. McLaren has a choice in its existing contract with Button to extend his deal for 2012 – which Button would have to buy his way out of if he wanted to leave the team – but Autosport and BBC Sport are reporting that a longer deal is more likely. The stories suggest McLaren would raise Button’s £6 million-a-year salary in exchange for a longer contract. They added that declaration would be made in the next few weeks.

Just last week he told Swiss newspaper Blick that he enjoyed having options open to him, which a long-term contract would likely rule out. For me it makes no sense to sign a long-term contract,” Button said. “I don’t know how I’m going to feel in a few years. I can’t imagine racing at 40. I just want to race for as long as I can win. McLaren has an option on me for next year, that’s all I know. Many of my colleagues don’t hesitate to secure for the long term, but I like it when my future is open.”


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