Jenson Button Bemoans Restricted Current F1 Role With Williams – “Not Allowed In Their Bubble, Garage”

Published 05/29/2021, 11:17 AM EDT
Jenson Button, Grand Prix of Monaco, Circuit de Monaco, 28 May 2017. (Photo by Paul-Henri Cahier/Getty Images)


Earlier this year, reports emerged that Williams F1 roped in former driver Jenson Button in an advisory role. Despite holding an important position, the 2009 world champion has confessed that he has not corresponded with them as often as he would like.

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He said, “I’ve been as involved as I possibly can, I’m still not allowed in their bubble which is a shame, I can’t go in their garage, I can’t spend time with the team in the garage.”

Because of tight safety protocols, Button is restricted from fulfilling his complete duties with the Grove-based outfit.

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Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – April 16, 2021 Williams’ George Russell in action during practice REUTERS/Jennifer Lorenzini

However, he added, “In the pit lane I can, in the paddock. So I’ve been spending a lot of time with Jost [Capito], the new CEO, and working as closely as I can with the drivers and the team and the engineers, so it’s been good and I look forward to spending more time with them throughout the year and seeing the team progress.”

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What does Jenson Button do at Williams F1?

The 41-year-old made his debut with the team back in 2000, at the age of 21. At that time, he was the youngest debutant in Formula One. Since then, he has gone from strength to strength, moving from Williams to Benetton to BAR Honda to Brawn and finally to McLaren.

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With the Brawn GP outfit, he deservedly snatched a maiden Formula One world championship. Finally, he retired from the sport at the end of the 2016 season, with the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix being an exception. Now, Jenson Button is back in F1 circles as a senior advisor for Williams F1, the team that handed him his debut.

Under him, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will have already learned a lot from his experience, with a lot more to go. Very recently, Button spoke about the team’s progress and happily admitted that they are on the right track.

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Of course, he acknowledged that the team will not find success overnight. Instead, he hopes to see the Grove-based team steadily rise up through the midfield.

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