Button threatened Mercedes with legal action to acquire Brawn F1 car

Jenson Button was forced to file legal action against Mercedes to persuade the motor racing team that he should be given one of the Brawn title-winning F1 cars.

The World Champion was promised one of the teams GP cars if he succeeded in winning the Formula One title, but Mercedes – the new owners of the Brawn outfit – initially refused to honour the agreement.

It is understood that Button wanted one of the cars as a memento of his championship year, and had it written into his contract that he would be presented with a Brawn BGP 001 chassis if he emerged victorious from the 2009 season.