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GP Week : Issue 48
> F1NEWS> Button in demand ... … as Rosberg/Glock loom as Kovalainen replacement options CHAMPIONSHIP leader Jenson Button is a man in much demand in Formula 1 circles, as the attentions of some of the sport’s biggest teams has started to focus on him. Reports last week suggested that BrawnGP was keen to re-sign Button on a multi-year deal, with an increase in salary after the Briton reportedly took a 50 percent pay cut at the start of the season to hold onto his seat. But with Button in the form of his life, he will be in no hurry to rush a new contract. At least one seat is believed to be available at Ferrari, McLaren and BMW in 2010, and interest from any of these teams will make his bargaining position at Brawn all the healthier. With the current best car on the grid, however, there is no real reason for Button to leave BrawnGP, but attracting the interests of the sport’s biggest and most reputable teams will only add to his value. In the meantime, rumours over potential driver moves have been rife over the last seven days. Fernando Alonso’s name has again been mentioned in relation to Ferrari, as Kimi Raikkonen’s future with the team, in spite of his Monaco podium, remains in serious doubt. Nico Rosberg has also signalled that his future may lie away from Williams, and with Mercedes boss Norbert Haug stating that he would love to see a German at McLaren, some sources have linked Rosberg with a move to partner his former karting team- mate Lewis Hamilton at the Woking squad. But Rosberg is not the only German with F1 pedigree, and over the last seven days Timo Glock’s name has been linked strongly with a Mercedes-backed move to McLaren. With Sebastian Vettel believed to be tied in to a Red Bull deal for some time, Glock has emerged as the favourite to replace the under- performing Heikki Kovalainen at McLaren in 2010. With Toyota’s continued involvement in F1 under some doubt, Timo Glock could be one of the most attractive free agents of this summer.