Jenson Button returns to Williams Racing in Senior Advisor role

Jenson Button has returned to the team that gave him his big break as a Formula One driver as a fresh faced 20-year-old, Williams Racing.

It was 21 years ago that Button was announced as first team driver alongside German Ralf Schumacher, and now the 2009 world champion re-joins the famous team in the capacity of Senior Advisor in a multi-year agreement.

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

As part of his new role at Williams, Jenson will ‘provide advice and guidance to the team at Grove, along with helping support and develop both race and academy drivers’.

Over previous seasons, fans of the sport have been used to Button in his role as expert analyst with Sky Sports F1, and he will continue those media duties ad well as supporting Williams’ media and marketing activities.

“Bringing Jenson back on board is another positive step to help us move forward as a team both on and off track,” added Jost Capito incoming CEO, Williams Racing. “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.”

Jenson Button (GBR) Sky Sports F1 Presenter. © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images

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