July 14, 2024

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F1 champion Jenson Button rejoins winless Williams team as an adviser

Jenson Button interviews Lewis Hamilton in 2019. (Getty Illustrations or photos)


LONDON — The Williams Formulation A single crew has signed 2009 entire world winner Jenson Button as an adviser, 21 a long time right after handing him his grand prix debut.

The crew mentioned on Friday that the 41-12 months-outdated, who gained his title with Brawn GP, would provide as a ‘senior adviser’ in a multi-12 months offer.

“I am so delighted to at the time yet again be able to say that I have signed for Williams,” mentioned Button.

“Back again when I was 19, it was a second that transformed my everyday living and, irrespective of the fact it was in excess of twenty a long time in the past, I previously truly feel like I under no circumstances definitely still left.

“Sir Frank Williams confirmed faith in me, which I will be eternally grateful for, and I am exceptionally enthusiastic to have the chance to occur back again and support the crew as it strives at the time far more for achievement.”

Williams, who transformed possession previous 12 months with the founding spouse and children promoting up to U.S.-primarily based Dorilton Cash, mentioned Button would attend a number of races and some crew occasions in Britain.

The Briton, who retired in 2017 right after 8 a long time at McLaren, will also continue his position as a pundit for Sky Sporting activities television.

“Bringing Jenson back again on board is a different beneficial move to support us move ahead as a crew both equally on and off keep track of,” mentioned freshly appointed Williams chief govt Jost Capito.

He mentioned Button’s practical experience would “incorporate a different layer to our transformation both equally technically and as a business enterprise.”

Williams has British youngster George Russell and Canadian Nicholas Latifi as their 2021 driver lineup. Russell has a extended-time period Mercedes agreement and shone when he stood in for 7-time entire world winner Lewis Hamilton previous season.

The crew concluded previous without the need of a point previous 12 months and have not gained a race since 2012.