Williams looking for Button to replace Bottas
If rumours are to be believed, the Williams team might be looking to Jenson Button to replace Valtteri Bottas if in case the Finn decides to leave the team for Ferrari. All speculations currently lie on whether Ferrari decides to retain Kimi Raikkonen or not. Button made his debut with the Williams team in the year 2000.
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Williams currently have a contract with Bottas for 2016 but are on talking terms with Ferrari for him. But currently, no agreements have fallen into place. If Bottas moves to Ferrari, it would lead to a very crucial seat at Williams open. Earlier Felipe Nasr was rumoured for the seat, but considering that Sauber has retained him for next year, that option is ruled out.
Nico Hulkenberg is also another worthy candidate for the Williams seat, having driven for the team in 2010. Although, the German admitted to knocking Ferrari’s doors as well, a drive for Williams would be brilliant for him, especially since he’s been long overdue of a competitive car to showcase his talent.
Meanwhile at McLaren, things are not clear yet for the driver who will race alongside Fernando Alonso. Jenson Button, if he decides to leave the extremely struggling team with which he has won 15 races, would leave the seat open for either McLaren’s reserve driver, Kevin Magnussen or the heavily impressive Belgian, Stoffel Vandoorne, who is currently leading the GP2 championship. McLaren has currently a contract with both of them.
Initial stories also linked Daniel Ricciardo to the Ferrari seat, although he admitted there were no direct contacts with the Maranello team. Besides with Vettel on board, Ricciardo might never make the Ferrari seat, seeing how horrifically he thrashed the four time world champion.
Meanwhile, Williams have an option to retain Felipe Massa, and most certainly will do so. Apart from Nico Hulkenberg, it could very well look to either Magnussen or Vandoorne and either of them would happily sign for the team. But then again, with the experience of Jenson Button, he might be a better option.