Button almost joined Williams for the 2017 season

  • Published on 24 Jul 2017 16:06
  • comments 10
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Jenson Button has revealed that he very nearly joined Williams for the 2017 season before deciding to take a year out of racing. The Brit remains under contract with McLaren-Honda until the end of 2018, and will supposedly take up a race seat if one becomes available at the team.

In 2016, Button was heavily linked with a return to the Grove-based team, where the 37-year-old began his F1 career back in 2000. However, he signed on with McLaren but would not be racing full-time in 2017.

"I’ve almost re-joined Williams three times or four times, so I spoke to Williams about racing this year, a couple of times," he admitted. "I spoke to them last year and I spoke to them this year as well, but it’s a great team but just for me it was time."

Button did make a race appearance this year when Fernando Alonso skipped the Monaco Grand Prix to compete in the Indy 500. Button came in to replace the Spaniard but ultimately retired from the race after he collided with Pascal Wehrlein.

With Williams' 2017 driver situation in the unknown, there are suggestions that the team could go back for Button. However, the 2009 world champion has made it very clear that he does not wish to race in F1 again after doing so every year for 17 years.

 

Fergal Walsh

Would love to see him back, Williams certainly don't seem to be jumping on keeping Massa

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  • Jul 24 2017 - 16:21

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  • Never say never....

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    • Jul 24 2017 - 16:13
  • Would love to see him back, Williams certainly don't seem to be jumping on keeping Massa

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    • Jul 24 2017 - 16:21
  • Jenson we all love you, but let someone else, new to F1, get the drive.....

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    • Jul 24 2017 - 16:22
    • Who?

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      • Jul 24 2017 - 16:23
    • Wolfgang

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      F1FAN0101:

      LeClerc, Giovinazzi, Russell, Maldonado :-))) etc and so on. Give those young guys a chance..

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      • Jul 25 2017 - 06:52
  • Anyone, just we need new blood, we need the next Jenson to make his name....

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    • Jul 24 2017 - 16:40
  • AS much as I'd love to see my favourite back on the grid, I dont see it happening. He seem pleased with having finished his career.

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    • Jul 24 2017 - 18:11
  • Squirrel10

    Posts: 36

    Shame he's ruling it out, really miss his driving and awesome banter with the tv crews - some of the newbies really seem short on personality at the moment!

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    • Jul 24 2017 - 19:44
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    Would love to see rosberg in williams...

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    • Jul 25 2017 - 00:27
  • Wolfgang

    Posts: 313

    I quite like Jenson. He´s really a good guy who seems to be very happy with his life.
    His crash in Monaco made me believe he´s sadly not there where he used to be..

    So i think he should replace Fernando next year for the Indy500 again and everything is going to be fine..

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    • Jul 25 2017 - 06:51

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