Button sued Merc for 2009 F1 car

Monday 21st June 2010

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Button sued Merc for 2009 F1 car

Button sued Merc for 2009 F1 car

Jenson Button has successfully obtained one of his Championship-winning Brawn BGP 001s after initially suing Mercedes for reneging on their deal.

Racing for Brawn GP in 2009, Button had it written in his contract that should he win the title he would receive a BGP001. However, even though he did claim the crown, Brawn, by then owned by Mercedes-Benz, refused to hand over the car, wanting instead to give him a replica.

Button, though, was determined to get his "memento" of his Championship-winning season.

"Last year's victory was a culmination of his life's work, and to have one of the models he drove to win was going to be the icing on the cake for him," a source told the Mail on Sunday.

As such the Brit launched legal action against Mercedes at the High Court in London back in April. The writ, though, only made public last week.

According to it, Button's contract with Brawn stated that "in the event that the Driver wins the Driver 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."

Mercedes, though, stated in an email to Button back in January that they "have no spare 2009 chassis as limited quantities were manufactured for the 2009 season for cost reasons.

"We can therefore arrange for a chassis of the type driven by Jenson during the 2009 season in line with the terms of the contract to be manufactured during the factory shutdown in July as we currently are busy working on the 2010 car."

Button, however, argued that he wanted the real deal and after negotiations with Mercedes that's exactly what he will be getting.

"We have arrived at an amicable resolution, and so there will no longer be any court action over this," said Button's spokesman.

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