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Williams reveal plans to expand Button's role in 2022

After joining the Williams team as a senior advisor ahead of the 2021 season, Jenson Button's role within the British squad looks set to evolve in the year ahead.

Williams boss Jost Capito has revealed plans for Jenson Button's role as a senior advisor to involve new responsibilities in 2022.

Button joined the team in his advisory position on a multi-year deal at the start of the last campaign. However, due to coronavirus restrictions, the former F1 driver was limited in how much contact he could have with the Grove-based outfit.

"With Jenson, last year, of course, we were limited because of COVID," Capito told media including RacingNews365.com.

"He couldn't come to the team, and also when he was at the races, he had to be in the Sky [Sports] bubble. He couldn't come [to Williams]."

However, Capito hopes to have Button more involved in the year ahead, particularly in terms of marketing duties.

"We want him more involved in the marketing activities, and the various activities we plan, if we can do them after COVID," he added.

"I think we have quite a lot planned with him on the marketing side really, not on the development side."

Praise for Button's contributions

Whilst Button was not able to spend as much time with Williams as perhaps hoped in 2021, his contributions were praised by the team's drivers.

George Russell - who has since moved on to Mercedes - said that Button's feedback was a valuable asset to have, whilst Nicholas Latifi spoke of appreciating the former F1 driver's "words of advice".

Button started his Formula 1 career with Williams, having joined the team as a rookie back in 2000.

He then went on to race for the likes of Benetton, Honda, and McLaren, and memorably won the World Championship in 2009 with Brawn GP.

Williams launched their 2022 challenger, the FW44, earlier this week, and Button seemed impressed when he watched the car take to the Silverstone circuit for a shakedown on the same day.

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