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World Champion Ready To Start Money Talks

JENSON Button will sit down to discuss a new contract with his Brawn team just as soon as he has got rid of his hangover from winning the F1 championship.

The 29-year-old Briton took a hefty pay cut to stay with Brawn this season after the team emerged from the ashes of departed Honda with far more limited resources than the big-spending Japanese.

He is out of contract at the end of the year and wants to stay. However, he expects also to be rewarded for his efforts and to have his salary restored to something more appropriate to a world champion. A figure of around 8 million pounds (US$13.04 million) a year has been bandied about in the media, although driver salaries are coming down across the board as teams cut costs and tighten their belts.

"I want to be here next year and I want to be with a team that can challenge for victories like this season and I think Brawn can do that," he said.

"These guys are not one hit wonders. We have some sensationally talented people in our team. It might not be big like some other teams but that will be a benefit to us next season as the teams have to get smaller. We have worked on this year's car as much as we possibly could but we have also worked on next year's car," said the Englishman.

"But I haven't talked to the team seriously about next year as we wanted to get this out of the way ... I will sit down and discuss it when I have got over my hangover in the morning," he said.


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