Williams Racing announced on Friday that 21 years after making his Formula One debut with the Grove based team, Jenson Button has returned to Grove as a senior advisor.
The 2009 Formula One world champion drove for the legendary team in the year 2000 and in his new role JB will work alongside the team’s race and academy drivers attending a number of races with the team. Button will also assist the media and marketing teams at Williams throughout the 2021 season.
Button who will continue with his role as expert analyst with Sky Sport F1HD commented on the multi year contract saying:
“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.”
Incoming Williams Racing CEO Jost Capito commented on Button’s appointment saying:
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.