Famed Formula One champion Jenson Button has returned to the Williams team as a senior advisor as part of a multi-year deal with the team. For some context, Button made his F1 debut with Williams in 2000 at the tender age of 20. The English driver retired in 2016 with 15 grand prix race wins.
Williams announced the appointment on Friday, stating that Button will provide guidance and advice to the team at its Grove headquarters. He will also help as well as provide aid in the development of drivers George Russell and Nicholas Latifi as well as those currently part of the Williams driver academy.
He will also be attending races this year, to supervise and aid the drivers. Commenting on his return, he said: “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.”
For those unaware, the Williams family no longer owns the team, having sold it to investment firm Dorilton Capital in August last year. This marked an end of an era, where the team was led by the Williams name.
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