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Updated: November 20, 2009 16:01 IST

Button takes pay cut to join McLaren

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Jenson Button
Jenson Button

Formula One champion Jenson Button admits he has taken a pay cut to join last year’s winner Lewis Hamilton at McLaren but says he made the move from Brawn for a new challenge.

Button said it would be strange being a rival to Brawn after seven years even though his former team, which also won the constructors’ title, will now be under the name of Mercedes GP after takeover by the German car maker.

Button said he would be earning less than at Brawn but it would be a challenge going up against Hamilton Lewis in his own team environment. He said his goal since he was eight years old was to win the world championship and, now he had done that, he felt in need of a new challenge.


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