Jenson Button is reuniting with Williams as senior advisor, 21 years after he made his F1 debut with the team.
The 2009 world champion and Sky Sports F1 pundit has signed a multi-year agreement with the team he enjoyed a starring rookie season as a 20-year-old in 2000.
Button will dovetail his new Williams duties with his ongoing role as a Sky F1 expert analyst. He will provide guidance to Williams, attending a number of races with them, as well as work with their race drivers, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi, and academy drivers.
“I’ve really enjoyed getting back into F1 [with Sky], seeing it change over the last few years, so this felt like the perfect moment to re-join Williams – a team that gave me so many opportunities,” said Button to Sky Sports.
“When I started my career in F1, they gave me the drive, they nurtured me through that year and it really was a special year for me. So this feels like the right time to re-join the team and I’m excited to work with them to help this team back to the front.”
Williams have undergone a significant changes in recent months since the historic move by the Williams family to sell the Grove team to US investment firm Dorilton Capital.
With the aim of moving back up the grid over the course of this decade, Williams have installed the highly-experienced Jost Capito as their new CEO and expanded the team’s technical relationship with world champions Mercedes.
“I think there’s a sense of optimism, there’s a lot changes and I think a lot of positive changes for the future,” said Button.
“Things don’t change overnight but I think they’re on the right trajectory at the moment. I can’t wait to get to Grove and spend some time with the drivers and all of the staff. I’ll also be doing some stuff with them over the Grand Prix weekends when I’m there – it’ll be great to see the team working live and having my input.
“Coming from the outside with the experience that I have, of working with six different F1 teams in my career and 17 years of racing, it’s always interesting from an outsider looking in as you see things that can be improved. I’m really looking forward to it, it’s a new challenge, one I’m definitely ready for.”
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