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Button eyes extra Williams time in F1 as COVID restrictions ease

The 2009 world champion, who made his F1 debut with Williams in 2000, took on a role as a senior advisor on the Grove-based outfit final yr because the group continues its restoration underneath new homeowners Dorilton Capital.

Nonetheless, with F1 personnel put in bubbles due to COVID protocols, Button discovered himself unable to combine with the group as a lot as deliberate.

His state of affairs was made barely extra difficult as a result of he’s additionally a member of the Sky F1 broadcast group, which operates underneath its personal separate bubble.

It’s hoped that COVID restrictions can ease this yr and Button is holding his fingers crossed that he can step up his function at Williams, following its eighth place end within the 2021 constructors championship.

“I’ve spent a little bit of time on the manufacturing facility and clearly on the races the place I’m there as nicely,” defined Button defined.

“It’s mainly simply being a soundboard for sure individuals within the group. I spent quite a lot of time with Dave Robson, the chief engineer there, and [team boss] Jost Capito, and additionally the advertising and marketing group. 

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“However I haven’t spent a lot time with the drivers this yr mainly simply because I’ve not been in a position to go within the engineering room, so I’ve not been ready to enter the storage, due to the bubbles.

“It’s not been the simplest yr, actually. I’ve solely simply been allowed within the type of catering space, the hospitality space of the group, and that’s the place I can really spend time with the engineers and Jost.

Button's TV commitments limited his involvement at Williams

Button’s TV commitments restricted his involvement at Williams

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“I feel it’s been good, nevertheless it’s positively been restricted, actually, this yr, which is a disgrace for either side. However I shall be doing much more with them within the new yr.”

Button believes that Williams is setting up the proper of infrastructure and personnel it must be profitable.

“It’s an excellent group,” he added. “They’ve obtained group of individuals. And I shall be spending much more time with them, with the drivers, with the Younger Driver Programme. So that they’ve obtained some good younger drivers on the listing now.

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“I shall be spending a little bit of time within the simulator room as nicely with the fellows. Not driving, I want I used to be! However to see how they go about their racing, for those who like, and go about how they work with the group.

“That’s actually the place my power was in racing, it was the group work. And I positively carry quite a lot of expertise in that space.”

George Russell, who completed off his third yr with Williams in 2021 and is shifting to Mercedes, mentioned that Button’s expertise was asset for the group.

“I’ve been fairly lucky, even previous to Jenson becoming a member of Williams once more, that I had relationship with him, and he was very open and at all times there at any time when wanted,” Russell mentioned.

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“For the reason that COVID guidelines have opened up, he’s at all times within the storage, in hospitality, speaking with the fellows, the engineers, with myself, with Jost, and I feel that’s actually nice, simply to sound concepts off him, and provides his suggestions and his enter and from his personal experiences.

“Clearly he’s had an enormous quantity of expertise. It’s at all times distinctive to have somebody like Jenson as a part of your group.”

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