2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button has been announced as a Senior Advisor for the Williams F1 Team for 2021 and beyond. 

Button will work to advise and guide the team as well as coaching their race and academy drivers.

Not only will he work for the teams competitive performance, but he will also be assisting at media and marketing events throughout his time.

He said of the announcement: “I am so delighted to once again be able to say that I’ve signed for Williams. Back when I was 19 it was a moment that changed my life and, despite the fact it was over 20 years ago, I already feel like I never really left.

“Sir Frank Williams showed faith in me which I will be eternally grateful for and I am incredibly excited to have the chance to come back and help the team as it strives once more for success. There’s a lot of hard work to be done but I have no doubt the future is incredibly bright for this fantastic team and I can’t wait to get started.”

Button made his Formula 1 debut in 2000 for Williams, scoring points in only his second race for the team and giving them a few headaches when he outperformed Ralf Schumacher at the end of the season but was passed over in favour of the incoming Juan Pablo Montoya.

Jenson Button on his F1 debut for Williams © Williams Racing

Following that he signed for the team in 2005 but was forced to honour his contract at BAR at the time where he eventually stayed and earned his first F1 victory in 2006.

Button won the championship after the BAR Honda team became Brawn GP in 2009 before he signed for McLaren and saw out the next seven years in F1 at the team. He was linked to a Williams drive in 2017 but called time on his career, instead focussing on Super GT and WEC to name a few of the endeavours.

Button has expanded his motorsport links entering a team in the British GT championship and racing for it himself at the Silverstone finale. His recent motorsport business experience has helped convince Williams to hire him.

Jost Capito, the new CEO at Williams said: “Bringing Jenson back on board is another positive step to help us move forward as a team both on and off track. Jenson has always been a friend of the team and so it is great to welcome him back into the Williams family.

“Back in 2000, Sir Frank saw the promising talent Jenson had as a driver and gave him his first opportunity in F1. He more than fulfilled that initial promise throughout a glittering career that culminated in world championship glory. More recently, he has shown his acumen in both the business and broadcasting worlds and remains a widely respected figure in the paddock. All this experience will add another layer to our transformation both technically and as a business. I know everyone at Grove has huge respect for him and we’re delighted to start working with him.”

 

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