Button’s future depends on Middle East talks

Jenson Button’s future in Formula One could depend on whether a deal to save his team Honda can be struck in the Middle East, the Daily Mail has reported.

David Richards who for three years was team principal of BAR Honda and signed Button to the team is the man who is trying to mount a salvage operation for the financially-troubled team.

He flew to the Middle East on Friday to talk to potential investors and gave a ringing endorsement of Button’s driving abilities prior to his departure.

Richards told the Mail: "Jenson is an outstanding grand prix driver, the kind you would want to build a team around."

Whether that is still with Honda and still on a reputed £24 million three-year contract remains to be seen and the future of the team’s other driver, the out-of-contract Rubens Barrichello, is also unclear.

The 36-year-old Brazilian is the only driver on the circuit to have raced against the likes of Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna – if he retires it would mark a clean break with a previous era of the sport.

Written by James Christie

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