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Button "loved by the team" as Williams draw on his F1 experience

Button "loved by the team" as Williams draw on his F1 experience

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Button "loved by the team" as Williams draw on his F1 experience

Button "loved by the team" as Williams draw on his F1 experience

Williams CEO Jost Capito has hailed it as "fantastic" to have been able to welcome 2009 F1 champion Jenson Button back to Williams in an advisory role.

Williams has undergone a number of changes over the past year after US investment company Dorilton Capital acquired the team from the Williams family last September.

In December, Capito then became the team's new CEO, while Simon Roberts was announced as the new team principal after previously holding the position on an interim basis after the team was sold.

A further change followed in January when Button returned to the team with which he made his F1 debut in 2000.

Speaking on the 'Beyond the Grid' podcast, Capito explained why he had sought out the services of the 306-grands prix veteran.

“For me, it is so good to have somebody I can talk to with that kind of experience and if I have an issue, if I don’t know if I should go this way or that way, to have somebody with that experience to talk to is fantastic," said Capito.

“Also, when he is around, not yet, but he will go into the factory and he is a great motivator as well.

“We are also, from the personality, quite similar so we benefit from each other and we both see a great chance to get the team back to the top together. Him being involved is fantastic for me.”

Button raced for Williams in just one year before moving on to Benetton in 2001, and eventually becoming world champion eight years later with Brawn GP.

Adding further reasoning to the decision to hire Button, Capito added: “I am talking to him quite often. It is just his general experience, his general approach. He is loved by the team."

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