02/03/2021

Mechanic Escape

Built for the human race

F1 champion Jenson Button rejoins winless Williams team as an adviser

Jenson Button interviews Lewis Hamilton in 2019. (Getty Photographs)   LONDON — The Williams Formula...

Jenson Button interviews Lewis Hamilton in 2019. (Getty Photographs)

 

LONDON — The Williams Formula One team has signed 2009 planet champion Jenson Button as an adviser, 21 several years right after handing him his grand prix debut.

The team said on Friday that the 41-calendar year-old, who won his title with Brawn GP, would serve as a ‘senior adviser’ in a multi-calendar year offer.

“I am so delighted to as soon as once again be able to say that I’ve signed for Williams,” said Button.

“Back when I was 19, it was a second that transformed my existence and, despite the reality it was about 20 several years in the past, I currently truly feel like I hardly ever truly remaining.

“Sir Frank Williams showed religion in me, which I will be eternally grateful for, and I am incredibly excited to have the possibility to occur back again and support the team as it strives as soon as much more for good results.”

Williams, who transformed ownership past calendar year with the founding relatives marketing up to U.S.-centered Dorilton Funds, said Button would attend a quantity of races and some team situations in Britain.

The Briton, who retired in 2017 right after 8 several years at McLaren, will also continue his role as a pundit for Sky Sports television.

“Bringing Jenson back again on board is a further positive action to support us shift ahead as a team both on and off track,” said recently appointed Williams main executive Jost Capito.

He said Button’s encounter would “insert a further layer to our transformation both technically and as a business.”

Williams has British youngster George Russell and Canadian Nicholas Latifi as their 2021 driver lineup. Russell has a extended-phrase Mercedes agreement and shone when he stood in for 7-time planet champion Lewis Hamilton past season.

The team completed past with out a issue past calendar year and have not won a race considering that 2012.