Williams has announced that 2009 World Champion Jenson Button has joined the team as a senior advisor. That marks 21 years since the British team has given Button his Formula 1 debut.
Button’s role within the team includes support to both race and academy drivers using 30-year motorsport experience. The 41-year-old will also take part in media and marketing activities throughout the 2021 season. “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,” added Britton.
Sir Frank Williams handed Button his Formula 1 debut in 2000, become the youngest driver in history to score points. He matched the performances of his experienced team-mate, Ralf Schumacher, in his opening six races, but was made way for Williams to sign Juan Pablo Montoya mid-way through the season. The British driver went on to have a fantastic 17-year campaign in Formula 1, winning 15 races and securing 50 podiums, eventually winning his only World Championship in 2009 at Brawn GP.
Jose Capito incoming CEO for Williams Racing added: “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.”