Button in talks with McLaren
McLaren remain locked in talks with Jenson Button over a deal which could see the new world champion paired with Lewis Hamilton in an all-British line-up from next year.
Button has been heavily linked with McLaren since capturing his maiden Formula One drivers' title in Brazil last month, after talks stalled over a new deal with current employers Brawn GP.
Yesterday's announcement that Mercedes-Benz had secured a controlling interest in the Brackley-based Brawn team has only served to intensify speculation over where the 29-year-old Briton will be driving next season.
Button and his manager Richard Goddard were shown around McLaren's Woking headquarters by team principal Martin Whitmarsh last week, and according to today's Guardian newspaper, Button has since agreed terms on a three-year deal worth £18million, and will put pen to paper on the contract in the coming days.
When contacted by Press Association Sport, a McLaren spokesperson confirmed talks between the two parties remain ongoing but refused to be drawn on whether a deal for Button was close, saying: "The situation is that we've got no comment at the moment.
"There's been a lot said on it already and there's nothing I can say over and above what is out there."
Button's negotiations with the Brawn team reportedly stalled over his salary demands. It is believed McLaren are more inclined to meet his expectations, although the salary of £6million as postulated by the Guardian is short of the £8million figure which had been widely reported.
The Mercedes takeover, which will see the Brawn team rebranded as Mercedes Grand Prix from 2010, has further heightened the doubts over Button's future.
German driver Nico Rosberg, while still to be confirmed, has a deal in place with Brawn for next season, while compatriot Nick Heidfeld has also been linked with the team.
However, Brawn chief executive Nick Fry yesterday insisted it was not Mercedes' intention to form an all-German driver line-up and reiterated that Button remains very much in the frame to drive for the rebranded team next season.
Brazil vs Germany match report World Cup 2014: Utter humiliation for hosts as Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos help Germany hit seven past Selecao
World Cup 2014: The 50 best players of the World Cup
Angel di Maria: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal 'monitoring' Real Madrid winger
PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014: Heartbreaking photos show home fans reacting to humiliating defeat
- 1 Howard Jacobson: Let's see the 'criticism' of Israel for what it really is
- 3 Do you know this man? Amnesia sufferer found in park pleads for help in identifying who he is
- 4 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
British jihadist calls for 'flag of Islam' over Downing Street and Buckingham Palace
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
There’s a nasty smell in the political air – and it’s coming from the Tories