Williams announced on Friday that Jenson Button, who started his F1 career behind the wheel of the British team, will return to his former colors this season. But this time as an advisor, not as a pilot.
Jenson Button (41) is back at Williams! Twenty-one years after discovering F1 behind the wheel of one of the two single-seaters of the British team, the native of Frome returns to the colors based in Grove. Williams announced on Friday that the driver who turned his back on the premier class four years ago to retire at 37 would be part of the team again this season. But if Button is making his big comeback in the team founded in 1977 by Frank Williams but bought last year by the American investment fund Dorilton Capital, he will not leave his retirement to put on his gloves again. pilot. It is indeed as an advisor this time that the F1 world champion in 2009 will defend the colors of Williams. “As part of his role at Williams, Jenson will be able to draw on his thirty years of motorsport experience by providing advice and guidance to the team while helping drivers entering the championship and reserve drivers. “, Develops the press release, referring to a contract over several years for Button, who also retains his role of consultant for the British television channel Sky.
Button, eighth in his first year in F1, at Williams
Welcoming @JensonButton back to Grove, this time in the capacity of Senior Advisor 🙌
Take it away, JB! pic.twitter.com/VUsx2PyFp3
– Williams Racing (@WilliamsRacing) January 22, 2021
The former British champion who went to Benetton, Renault, BAR, Honda, Brawn and McLaren after his departure from Williams will have in particular the two titular drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, respectively 18th and last (21st) in the ranking of the World Drivers’ Championship last season. He will be able to talk to them about his first year in F1 at Williams, the only one spent by Button on the Grove side, in 2000. When he was only 20 years old, 2 months and 7 days old young driver in history to score points in F1, the Briton had achieved the feat of finishing in the Top 10 (8th) in his first year. His expertise should help a lot the worst team in the paddock today.