Nicholas Latifi admitted being very excited and looking forward to Jenson Button’s return to Williams this year.
After buying the team in 2020, the investment group Dorilton Capital continue their restructuring plan with Williams, aiming to bring the team back to the highest level of Formula One. After hiring Jost Capito as a new team principal, Williams will benefit from the 17 years of experience in F1 from the 2009 world champion, Jenson Button as a senior advisor. Nicholas Latifi could not hide his excitement to work with the Britton:
“I think in the history of Formula 1 people have come back in advisory roles, maybe not just specifically drivers, and I think it’s just the icing on the cake that he is a driver, he has relatively recent experience as well, so yeah, I’m going to definitely learn as much from him, listen to any advice he gives. Not just from the simulator point of view – but from the driver point of view, I think he will be a massive asset to the team”, says the 25-year-old Canadian.
Preparing for his second season in the highest class of motorsports, the Williams driver knows he still has a lot to learn in terms of racing as well as how to deal with stressful situations and the struggles he will encounter in his career. He is going to try to get the most out of every minute spent with the Formula One legend:
“Listening to what he’s been through, the struggles he’s faced, and this is something irrespective of your specific discipline, listening to people in any walks of life who have experienced, who have been through it let’s say, he’s a world champion, is going to be massive.”
Jenson Button will be important for Williams thanks to his great driving experience but also his adaptation capability and his very wide vision of how an F1 team works. Indeed, the 2009 world champion drove for 7 different teams, including Williams at the earliest stage of his great career. Moreover, Jenson Button already knows William’s team principal, Jost Capito as they were already working closely together when Button was driving for McLaren.