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Button: Cash not the issue

TRIUMPHANT Jenson Button will make an emotional return to Brawn GP&rsquo;s Northamptonshire factory today to personally thank staff for making him a world champion.<br /><br />The British driver, who clinched the title in Brazil on Sunday, will visit his team&rsquo;s headquarters in Brackley having landed back on home soil yesterday.<br /><br />Button saw many of his colleagues at a party after being crowned champion at the weekend, but is keen to express his gratitude in a more conducive setting.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was nice to see them, but it was quite busy and I couldn&rsquo;t congratulate them in the way I wanted to,&rdquo; Button said yesterday.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m at the factory tomorrow and I&rsquo;m so excited about it. I&rsquo;m doing some work in the simulator ahead of the race in Abu Dhabi next month.<br /><br />&ldquo;But mostly it is to see everyone that made this happen, that put this together, spending the day with those people and that will be the special time for me.&rdquo;<br /><br />The 29-year-old is yet to confirm that he will drive next season for Brawn GP, who were only formed this year from the ashes of Honda. Button is said to want a bumper pay rise, having been forced to slash his salary to &pound;3m last year, but the driver played down the issue of finance.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not about the money. I want to be with a team that can win,&rdquo; he added. &ldquo;I have become world champion with a team that nobody ever thought would win the championship, especially in their first year, but there are many things that we need to talk about.&rdquo;<br /><br />Button is only sixth favourite with many bookmakers to win the 2010 title, but is desperate to become the first Briton to defend the championship. &ldquo;This team is not a one-hit wonder,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;And neither am I.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s great to win the world championship but to be able to defend it is exceptional. No British driver has ever won back to back titles &ndash; so that is an ambition.&rdquo;<br />