World champion took action to secure his title-winning chassis

World champion Jenson Button had to file legal action to get Mercedes Grand Prix to hand over his title-winning Brawn GP car.

Button had it written into his contract that he would get to keep one of the cars he raced if he won the world championship.

However, the rebranded Mercedes Grand Prix team, which bought Brawn GP over the winter, initially refused to hand over a car.

Consequently, Button's company, JB Next BV, filed legal action in London's High Court in April against the team.

The team's court filings reveal that it couldn't give Button a chassis as, "We have no spare 2009 chassis as limited quantities were manufactured for the 2009 season for cost reasons."

Instead, it offered to build Button a replica - something he rejected as he said it wouldn't be as "unique and special" as one of the cars he actually raced in his title-winning year.

However, the case did not end up going before a judge, as Mercedes agreed to hand over a car.

"We have arrived at an amicable resolution, and so there will no longer be any court action over this," Button's spokesman confirmed.

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23 June 2010

Why only yesterday I read an article where autocar reported massive corruption at Mercedes. Now we learn they're not playing ball with legit contracts. How do they get away with it? [quote Autocar]World champion Jenson Button had to file legal action to get Mercedes Grand Prix to hand over his title-winning Brawn GP car.

Button had it written into his contract that he would get to keep one of the cars he raced if he won the world championship.

However, the rebranded Mercedes Grand Prix team, which bought Brawn GP over the winter, initially refused to hand over a car.

Consequently, Button's company, JB Next BV, filed legal action in London's High Court in April against...Read the full article[/quote][quote Autocar]World champion Jenson Button had to file legal action to get Mercedes Grand Prix to hand over his title-winning Brawn GP car.

Button had it written into his contract that he would get to keep one of the cars he raced if he won the world championship.

However, the rebranded Mercedes Grand Prix team, which bought Brawn GP over the winter, initially refused to hand over a car.

Consequently, Button's company, JB Next BV, filed legal action in London's High Court in April against...Read the full article[/quote]

23 June 2010

[quote Autocar]Button's company, JB Next BV, filed legal action in London's High Court[/quote]

Good 'ole Brit, Jenson Button! Hang on, 'JB Next BV'? That wouldn't be Brit-boy Jens, filing a company under Dutch jurisdiction, would it? Possibly the Dutch Antilles, i.e. off-shore, to avoid UK tax? Yet Brit-boy Jens uses UK law courts to secure his income. Jens - the role model for the modern tax-evading 'Brit' Brit. Don't you just luv 'im!?

23 June 2010

Seen it reported elsewhere that Brawn only needed to supply a chassis of the type used during the winning season, it didn't necessarily have to be one which was driven during the year.

However, one which wasn't used during that year doesn't have the same value to Button so well done in getting the real thing! Merc really are just trying to avoid any form of an argument this year, even avoiding going to court over the Schumacher's overtaking move (after he was given a green flag - go race message!).

23 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]

[quote Autocar]Button's company, JB Next BV, filed legal action in London's High Court[/quote]

Good 'ole Brit, Jenson Button! Hang on, 'JB Next BV'? That wouldn't be Brit-boy Jens, filing a company under Dutch jurisdiction, would it? Possibly the Dutch Antilles, i.e. off-shore, to avoid UK tax? Yet Brit-boy Jens uses UK law courts to secure his income. Jens - the role model for the modern tax-evading 'Brit' Brit. Don't you just luv 'im!?

[/quote] Or perhaps Nickshlee it could be "JB Next Business Venture"

Jenson, as is well known, has been a resident of Monaco for years and apparently has another home in another similarly tax friendly regime Guernsey.

A bit like the Isle of Man where I reside and pay my taxes. All totally legitimate.

23 June 2010

[quote trocadero][quote nicksheele]

[quote Autocar]Button's company, JB Next BV, filed legal action in London's High Court[/quote]

Good 'ole Brit, Jenson Button! Hang on, 'JB Next BV'? That wouldn't be Brit-boy Jens, filing a company under Dutch jurisdiction, would it? Possibly the Dutch Antilles, i.e. off-shore, to avoid UK tax? Yet Brit-boy Jens uses UK law courts to secure his income. Jens - the role model for the modern tax-evading 'Brit' Brit. Don't you just luv 'im!?

[/quote] Or perhaps Nickshlee it could be "JB Next Business Venture" [/quote]

Rubbish.

from: http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2010/06/20/f1-fanatic-round-up-2062010/

'Buttons company is called “JB Next BV”. Is “BV” a type of company abbreviation like LTD and PTY over in England or does Jensen aspire to be like someone with the initials BV?

Is it a Dutch company? In Dutch, BV stands for “Besloten Vennootschap” or limited liability
company (LTD). And I have heard that the Dutch tax regime somehow makes it advantageous to have holding companies here.

Bosyber, yep that is correct, Bono of U2 fame has his accounts hold up there for tax reasons, which is hypocritical of him since the Dutch are Anti “clear 3rd world debt”. Also Red bull finances are based in Bermuda for tax breaks.'

23 June 2010

nicksheele, It's called minding your own business. Which Jenson seems to be doing. Making sure Mercedes honours it's contract with him and that his finances are in a legal and secure environment where the local government doesn't spend its entire time trying to screw him over just because he earns more than the average jealous minded Brit! Good for Jenson. Most tennis, F1 and pop/rock stars live where they are not taxed to the eyeballs. Jenson is neither the first or the last. I am sure if you were in any of the above categories, you would do the same... so I guess you're not! So give it a rest.

23 June 2010

[quote nicksheele]Bosyber, yep that is correct, Bono of U2 fame has his accounts hold up there for tax reasons, which is hypocritical of him since the Dutch are Anti “clear 3rd world debt”. Also Red bull finances are based in Bermuda for tax breaks.'[/quote]

So Bono puts his money somewhere he won't be taxed to kingdom come so he can put more of it into the Third World? Big deal. Same goes for JB. If you can find a way of minimising your tax bill, why not do it?

23 June 2010

They all dodge as much tax as possible, thats why they live in Monaco or Switzerland etc.. thats nothing new to anyone and pointless to mention. If JB is owed the car then he seems justified in fighting for it. I would.

23 June 2010

Provided Jenson Button is not actually engaging in tax evasion (as opposed to tax avoidance by living in another country which is perfectly legal) then I don't see the real problem. Plenty of drivers have done it in the past - even Jim Clark took a year of tax exile to reduce his bills, and he was hardly a spendthrift - and plenty will do so in the future. He will still be paying tax elsewhere so it's not like he's freeloading or anything. On the JB Next BV issue, if it is in the Netherlands then its tax rates are fairly comparable to ours so it's a pretty minor thing.

Anyway, I have to admit that Mercedes' attitude in all this strikes me as incredibly petty and small-minded. Granted, expenditure as Brawn GP was tight, but it's not as though they really need the car anymore. If they want one from their museum they can either build a replica or stick Rubens' in and change the numbers - I doubt he'll mind too much. If they weren't willing to honour the term then they shouldn't have put it in the contract in the first place. I am pleased to see it was resolved without needing to go to court, though.

23 June 2010

Another example of Mercedes' ethics, reneging on a contract because they thought they could get away with it. This after them being shown to use bribery in a number of markets to get sales and the treatment of BlueEfficiency customers with failed injectors, one wonders who's leading the CSR agenda on the MB . . .

As for Jenson, quite right for standing up to them.

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