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.
But Mercedes claimed there were a limited number of cars produced that year, and there were no spares available to giveaway. Button was offered a replica, but, unsurprisingly, the he turned it down.
Instead, the British star's company, JB Next BV filed suit in the High Court, insisting that German manufacturer fulfil the contractual obligations it inherited from Brawn.
The threat of legal action proved to be sufficient leverage for the team's new owners to have a change of heart. Mercedes agreed to hand over one of the Brawn GP cars before the case appeared before a judge.
A spokesman for Button said the suit had been dropped after both sides reached an 'amicable resolution'.