Williams F1 team hires Button in senior advisor role
The British returns to the Grove-based outfit after nearly two decades.
Williams Racing announced the hiring of Jenson Button as its senior advisor in a multi-year agreement, with the Brit returning to Grove.
In a big signing by new owners Dorilton Capital, Button joins Williams as a senior advisor of the Grove-based F1 outfit, in a multi-year agreement. The British racer returns in a different capacity after racing for them back in 2000 alongside Ralf Schumacher.
Post the hiring of Jost Capito in a senior role, Button is the second big signing, as Dorilton Capital tried to put Williams back in the front of the field. The 2009 F1 champion will continue his work with Sky Sports as an expert, alongside his advisory role.
“I am so delighted to once again be able to say that I’ve signed for Williams," said Button. "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.”
Jost Capito incoming CEO, Williams Racing, stated: "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." Here's a video from Jenson Button:
The Israeli will not only get three FP1 outings but also one day in pre-season test and increased simulator role.
[Image courtesy: Sky Sports] [Note: This story was written on FormulaRapida.net]