Mercedes Grand Prix take over Brawn for 2010 – but what about Jenson Button?

Mercedes' illustration of its likely 2010 F1 car livery

Mercedes' illustration of its likely 2010 F1 car livery

Mercedes has announced it is taking over Brawn GP and rebranding it Mercedes Grand Prix for 2010.

But it remains to be seen whether they will keep world champion Jenson Button in the team.

They are expected to bring in Nico Rosberg and may partner him with a second German driver – possibly Nick Heidfeld.

Button is tipped to move to McLaren – who he visited on Friday – to join Lewis Hamilton in an all-British line-up.

Mercedes will take a 75% share in Brawn. In May I wrote how appealing the idea of a Brawn deal was for Mercedes. Two months ago reports emerged that a deal was on the cards for 2011. That now seems to have been brought forward.

The deal, which sees Mercedes shifting their stake from McLaren to Brawn, should guarantee the future of the team which was sold by Honda almost 12 months ago.

McLaren and Mercedes worked closely together on and off the track after Mercedes became an engine supplier to the F1 team in 1995. The two developed the Mercedes SLR McLaren which was built at the McLaren Technology Centre.

But now Mercedes has used in-house tuners AMG to build its replacement – the SLS – and McLaren has developed a supercar of its own – the MP4-12C.

Expect the 2010 Mercedes F1 car to take on the silver colouring that’s been associated with McLaren since 1997 (see illustration above). It will be the first time Mercedes has run its own F1 team since 1955 when it had a British driver in its line-up – Stirling Moss.

McLaren could return to their historic orange colour scheme. Mercedes’ press release, reproduced in full below, says:

The change to the form of co-operation is taking place by mutual agreement. Mercedes-Benz and McLaren will continue to co-operate with each other and the supply of engines could continue until 2015.

Is this the sad loss of a giant-killing independent team, or a welcome vote of confidence from a major manufacturer? And how would Hamilton and Button fare as team mates? Have your say in the comments.

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318 comments on Mercedes Grand Prix take over Brawn for 2010 – but what about Jenson Button?

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  1. djdaveyp said on 17th November 2009, 11:59

    I, for one, am very excited about the prospect of Jenson going to McLaren.

    Jenson and Lewis are both brilliant drivers in completely different ways, if Mclaren make a good car they can both set up, be prepared to see them obliterate the rest of the field for the considerable future. McLaren might actually get the constructors championship for a change!

    • marcus said on 17th November 2009, 13:19

      Idd it is exciting that the idea jenson would go to Mclaren but for the past 2 years Lewis had been favoured over Haikki. Yer i know Haikki wasn’t that good but he still got new parts a race or 2 after Lewis did and if its: 50/50 for both drivers thats good, 70/30 for Hamilton…ok jenson just has to keep up and try to beat him to get more support, 150/0 for Lewis like this season jenson should not even bother and stick to a mercedes. He would have a more realistic chance of winning again without having his teamate infront all the time with a updated car.

  2. The Limit said on 17th November 2009, 13:59

    I think this situation suits McLaren better than anybody else. The prestige of having two world champions in their cars at the same time has not been witnessed in two decades, and will generate plenty of attention from the worlds media and sponsors.
    As for the drivers themselves, it is also a comfortable
    arrangement on paper. Hamilton is well entrenched at McLaren and is popular, he is not the young rookie anymore desperate to make an impression like he was in 2007. Button will bring stability, especially in the constructors championship for McLaren, who had to rely almost totally on Hamilton for their points this year.
    The comparisons between Hakkinen and Coulthard go only so far, and both of these guys are champions. How their relationship will progress as 2010 unfolds is anybodys guess? However you splice it, McLaren certainly have less on their plate than Ferrari with Alonso and Massa, which if is not monitored, could end up one big cluster.
    As for Raikkonen, if rumours are to be believed, the Finn is rapidly running out of options. When he left McLaren in 2006 for Maranello, the sport was awash with money and $45 million a season was a prospect when driving for a big team. The landscape now looks less than friendly to a driver used to such big bucks and who has dramatically underachieved in his last two seasons in F1. At thirty years of age, teams must be asking is Raikkonen worth the investment?
    As a fan of Kimi, I hope that the answer to that question is yes, as Raikkonen on his ‘quick’ days is bloody fast, but I have my doubts. Is it too unrealistic a scenario that Kimi could end up driving for a backmarker team? If he wants to stay in F1, that maybe his only choice, if he wants to stay!
    For Brawn Gp, the honeymoon is over. 2010 is huge year for them, with all the big money of Mercedes behind them and two new drivers. The expectation is going to be enormous on this rebranded team, even for a man as talented and devoted as Ross Brawn.

  3. ItΒ΄s a win-lose-win-lose situation for everyone. =; o )

    Kimi is the new James Hunt: after winning the WDC doesn’t care much and cashes all he can. Certainly Kimi cashes much more than Hunt but possibly drinks less – I mean doesn’t deliver a true free-careless character as Hunt did.

    Button wants to be the new James Hunt: after winning the WDC cares only to cash as most as he can. A mini Hunt as he cashes much less than Kimi and doesn’t have really a character know of.

    Mercedes and Brawn get Heidfeld at a low price compared with Button and the performance will be the same.

    Mclaren get number 1 in their cars – I wonder why they need that unnoticed number these days? But also guarantee no wars between drivers and Hamilton gets another free bonus with no rivals – Kimi could be a threat.

    Ferrari/Santander could be the big losers as they will have to pay a lot of millions to Kimi if he does not drive in 2010. But they could end winning if Alonso performs as expected by both parties.

    Rubens is finally free from his mentor/torturer -Mr R blablabla Brawn ;-) and have a new fantastic job as Williams number one and 300 gp’s in his pocket very soon. Also terribly good for a team like Williams – experience can teach Hulkenberg.

  4. I can’t believe that Brawn is still arguing with Button over a few million. Brawn made what, over 80 million by selling the team? He should make up Jenson’s pay out of his own pocket. Button took a hit to his wallet to keep the team going at the end of last season.

  5. It would be fun to see a real shake-up like Hamilton going to Brawn, as part of the Mercedes deal and as an assertion of independence. Just a thought.

  6. marcus said on 17th November 2009, 15:27

    I wonder if it will be handbags at dawn like Lewis vs Alonso again, i can see the whole of Great Britian being divided over 2 drivers…..

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