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Team 'still in talks with Button'

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Despite admitting that financial constraints could prevent Jenson Button from staying with Brawn, the rebranded Mercedes Grand Prix said it will continue talks with the Formula One world champion over a deal for the 2010 season.

Speculation has mounted that as the German manufacturer will buy 75.1% of Brawn GP in partnership with an Abu Dhabi investment company, the team could form an all-German line-up of drivers.

The team will be rebranded as Mercedes Grand Prix and team principal Ross Brawn will remain in his role.

Nick Fry, Brawn chief executive, said: "We have had discussions with Jenson about what we think is a sensible salary."

He continued: "This (takeover) is not going to change anything in that respect. The decision at the end of the day on drivers will be made by Ross, principally, with my help. We're going to continue to run the team and it will be our decision on who is going to drive."

It has been reported Mercedes has signed a deal to make German driver Nico Rosberg their new number one. But Fry denied speculation that Mercedes will employ an all-German team, with Nick Heidfeld or Timo Glock as number two.

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