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Button is ready to sign new 8m Brawn deal

JENSON BUTTON is ready to put pen-to-paper on a new &pound;8m deal, according to team boss Ross Brawn.<br /><br />The newly-crowned world champion has been linked with a move to join fellow Brit Lewis Hamilton at McLaren, but Brawn GP are ready to break the bank to keep the 29-year-old with the Brackley-based team.<br /><br />Button took a pay cut from &pound;10m to around &pound;3m last winter to help secure the survival of the cash-strapped team, but boss Brawn knows he may have to almost treble his pay in order to fend off preying rivals.<br /><br />&ldquo;Jenson&rsquo;s obviously a great driver, and for those teams out there without full their complement of drivers so he&rsquo;s got to be a target,&rdquo;Brawn admitted. &ldquo;We want Jenson to stay in the team, and I think we&rsquo;ll find a solution. We&rsquo;re working to find a balance between what we can afford and what Jenson feels is fair for his <br />status and contribution.&rdquo;<br /><br />The final grand prix of the season takes place in Abu Dhabi next week and Brawn expects the situation to be resolved within a fortnight of the race.<br /><br />&ldquo;But maybe it&rsquo;ll happen before then. We have a finite amount of resource, money, whatever &ndash; and we have to look at the best way of spending that,&rdquo; he added.<br /><br />&ldquo;You are never 100 per cent sure but I would say 99 per cent.&rdquo;<br />