Speculation grows as Button visits McLaren
Speculation that Jenson Button will join McLaren for 2010 reached new heights after the 2009 world champion was spotted visiting the team's factory in Woking. Button has yet to re-sign for Brawn GP next season, with reports that team and driver are in disagreement over his basic salary.
Button visited and reportedly toured the factory on his way back from Heathrow airport on Saturday, although the team described the visit as just "a quick hello". Kimi Raikkonen had been the media's favourite to partner Lewis Hamilton next year but, although the ex-Ferrari driver also visited the team's headquarters recently, a deal has yet to be signed.
Button took a pay cut at the start of the year in order to ease the financial strain in the newly-formed Brawn team. It is understood he is now looking for a salary more in line with his world champion status. Nevertheless, his manager Richard Goddard insists Button will drive for whichever team appears to be the most competitive.
As I've said many times before, Jenson wants to drive a car which is capable of winning the next world championship," Goddard told The Guardian.
"We've been talking about possible terms for 2010 with Brawn for months and we're not being difficult or unreasonably expensive in our demands for Jenson. In fact we've given up quite a lot of negotiating ground in our discussions with them.
"I think it's also important that Jenson wants to feel valued in whatever situation he finds himself next season. He needs to explore all the feasible options."
Meanwhile the rest of the driver market hinges on the decisions made by both Button and Raikkonen.