Newly crowned World Champion Jenson Button will be allowed to celebrate his title with his team, friends and family in Brazil on Sunday night after Brawn GP teammate Rubens Barrichello generously laid on his private jet to take the Briton back home on Monday morning.
Button had originally been scheduled to fly to London on the Sunday night British Airways flight out of Sao Paulo, but that plan was thrown into doubt with the scheduled aircraft suffering technical problems. Although there remains the chance that the flight will still be able to leave, Button has been allowed to stay in Brazil on Sunday night thanks to the generosity of his teammate.
Even though Barrichello suffered the disappointment of seeing his own title ambitions end with an eighth place in the race, he told Button that he would fly him and his entourage out of Brazil in his own private jet on Monday morning -- ready for the new World Champion's first public appearances in the UK from Tuesday.
Button is due to appear at the Bluewater Shopping Centre in Kent on Tuesday afternoon for a sponsorship event on behalf of Virgin Media.