Williams: Jenson Button will be a sounding board for ideas

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Williams team principal Simon Roberts has shed a little light on the role that new advisor Jenson Button will play within the team during the 2021 Formula 1 season and beyond.

Button took on the role in January of this year on a “multi-year” basis, returning to the team where he started his F1 career back in 2000.

The Brit spent 17 years in the sport and has a relationship with Roberts from their time together at McLaren.

Asked what exactly Button would be responsible for at Williams, Roberts said that he would act as a “sounding board” who would play a role in supporting the team in “many ways”.

“So because of the COVID situation, Jenson hasn’t been able to get over here yet – obviously we’ve been talking to him,” he said. “And he’s kind of supported us in many ways – just from an overall F1 business point of view and supporting the board and the senior management team.

“But once we get racing and he gets a little bit of time off, he’ll come and help. One of his ex-race engineers is with us, so there’s a really good relationship.

“So we’re really looking forward to getting him in the garage, getting him in some of the detail and just doing what he does best – talking to us, being a sounding board for ideas and sharing his experience.

“And I’m sure the drivers will get to hear some good stuff from him and a few war stories along the way as well.”

Like Roberts, new Williams CEO Jost Capito worked with Button at McLaren and described the 2009 world champion as a “great sparing partner”.

“Simon and I, we worked with Jenson in the past, we developed a very good relationship with him and he became a friend of ours, really,” he said.

“It’s great to have him onboard – we were all supportive to the board to get Jenson in. I had a couple of phone calls, video calls with him already and it’s good to have somebody of his calibre to share what we find and my experience in the months [since joining] and to share his view.

“He has been world champion, he has done different race series and he is an expert in racing,” he added.

“It is great to have a sparing partner like him. Not only for me, for all of us.”

(Additional Reporting: Agnes Carlier).