Button to Williams? Sure, but how much is he?

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With Lewis Hamilton winning the planet and three small solar systems, it’s hard to imagine another British driver still having the brand equity to make a crowd erupt in support but that’s what Jenson Button has and he has it in spades.

All of the talk recently about JB’s long-term future at McLaren has resulted in the concept of returning from whence he came…Williams F1. Sure, the sun may be setting on Felipe Massa’s career as his contract ends this year but could Button find a home there? We’ve discussed this before but Claire Williams said:

“It would be lovely,” Williams said. “The story is great.

“There are some great talents out there and Jenson is very attractive commercially as well.

“He is also an extremely intelligent driver from a variety of different angles so of course he is going to be up there for consideration.

“When I went to Silverstone and I was on the big stage, Tony Jardine who was the MC said to the crowd: ‘Tell Claire how much you’d like to see Jenson back in a Williams’.

“The whole place erupted. It was extraordinary.

“We are still evaluating our options. You want to make sure you evaluate every area that you put weight on when you are choosing a driver, not just what they do on a Sunday afternoon but it’s everything they bring to a team.”

But leave it to the weathered veteran, Pat Symonds, to shed light on the real issue:

“Jenson would fit into the team well and we would serve him well,” he said.

“But I have no idea what Jenson’s salary is and that is an important part of the equation.”

Yep, JB has a decent salary and Williams may not be willing to pay a driver the sums JB would demand. All of this depends on a lot of factors. There has to be some reality that Button could be facing his final year in F1 and if he wants to stay in it, he may be willing to take less or pinch some of his sponsors for some cash to offset his salary expense. Who knows? He may have been exploring other options outside F1 and finding them just as alluring financially speaking.

Personally, I would love to see JB stay in F1 and Williams F1 would be a great fit. The team are reasonably competitive and need some help staying in that third-place range. Button could be helpful in that role.

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Prakhar Mehrotra
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Prakhar Mehrotra

If McLaren were to drop JB, it seems that Williams is his only option. If he wants a large salary then he might want to head over to WEC and join Webber at Porsche, or maybe Toyota since he is a Japanophile

J Cotter
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WEC may well be his next home, but I’m not sure the Japanese connection is still there given his marital status now!

Marti J Powell BSc
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Marti J Powell BSc

Let`s look at it objectively
Jenson can NOT perform
The ONLY reason Whitmarsh signed him were to bring the No 1
To the Mclaren
JB got LUCKY with his WDC
Brawn F1 fou7nd something
JB capitalised !!!
Has JB proven himself, after or before !!
Just an average driver, who GOT lucky !!

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

I think ‘objective’ doesn’t mean what you think it means, Marti ;-)

Richard Piers
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Richard Piers

No doubt having a BSc enables you to look at things objectively where the rest of us fail. BUT Oh No ! Looking at the nonsense above it does no such thing.
Anyone who needs to adorn their name with such trivia suffers from inadequacy as proven by the stupid comments.
All WDCs enjoy a considerable element of luck, some in addition have standout performances. Put a bit of liquid on the surface and that really separates the men from the boys. Try Montreal one of the best drives ever.

Marti J Powell BSc
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Marti J Powell BSc

suffer from inadequacy
> I AM the best in the world – FACT
I have 2 Guiness WORLD Records at this time
I have also bettered – just waiting for them to finally accept !!

Richard Piers
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Richard Piers

So that we may truly appreciate your brilliance perhaps you would enlighten us as to those things at which you so excel.
Us normal mortals occasionally come across superior beings like you and thus learn that even the most superior from time to time talk c******s

meine
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meine

Easy boys.

Decorum and civility et cetera

Richard Piers
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Richard Piers

Quite so, but silly comments deserve silly comments.
Long time ago when I first competed it was said that only 1 in 50 of all those that went racing ever won a race. I imagine the statistic is still valid. No one that has reached the heights of Formula ! can ever be called lucky or average. Quite why JB gets so many stupid, ill informed and ignorant criticisms I have no idea.
Almost everything entered on a blog is an opinion, many beggar belief. Prefixes and suffixes are intended by the perpetrator to indicate superiority, usually undeserved !

meine
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meine

Indeed.
I’m a hater of titles too since I went to university and saw what idiots got them.
But no reason to start using asterisks ;-)

Marti J Powell BSc
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Marti J Powell BSc

If U go to guinnessworldrecords.com
and in the seach box, put chesterfield
I AM the guy from Chesterfield Derbyshire
I AM Officially Amazing – at this time 2 world records
Though I am waiting fo my third record to be accepted
and then I have beaten 1 record attempt
Got to wait for them to process so I can attempt another record !!

Marti J Powell BSc
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Marti J Powell BSc

Easy peasy.

If you go to http://www.guinessworldrecords.com
and in the search box, put Chesterfield
I AM the first AND third guy.
They rejected m y last attempt that were on Calendar news

Steve Wyant
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Steve Wyant

I don’t agree with the average driver part. He’s much higher than that. Lucky? I don’t know… Yes, being in the right place at the right time certainly helps, but he still had to make use of it and he did.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl

Apart from a higher profile with english speaking fans, I don’t see what JB would bring to Williams over what they get with Fillipe Massa. I see them as being of similar talent and pace, both have reputations as good development drivers and team players. So I don’t see that replacing Massa with Button would move Williams forward.

MIE
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Since his world championship in 2009, Button has been team mates to two highly rated drivers in Hamilton and Alonso. He has beaten both of them in equal cars in one of the three seasons they have raced together. I think his popularity with the public (and therefore sponsors) is what makes him attractive to Williams. I may well be wrong, but when Button finally leaves F1 I think he will take up triathlon full time rather than going to another race series. He has commented before that he can’t train properly for triathlons as he would put on too… Read more »
Sophia Aragon
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Sophia Aragon

Button didn’t beat Alonso. The performance of last year’s car makes a realistic comparison impossible.

Button did beat Hamilton. However, the press claimed Hamilton was worried about his dog, or his rapping career, or some such.

I like Button on and off track. Hope he sticks around.

jakobusvdl
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jakobusvdl
I agree with both you and Sophia, JB does come over very well. I certainly rate him as a driver, but I also rate Massa. I think the head injury has meant that in the period from 2009 to 2013 (or so) we didn’t see his full capability. When he got in the Williams in 2014 he was able to show more of his early form, and I think he too comes across as a ‘good bloke’ I like them both, ideally they’d both stay in F1, in an ever expanding grid of equally competitive but vastly different cars. But… Read more »
Fast Freddy
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Fast Freddy

If JB leaves Mclaren/Honda then it would only be because he has no faith in their future.

fubar_saunders
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fubar_saunders
Personally, i’d like to see it and think they’d be an excellent fit for each other. But…. Is the McLaren Honda finally starting to come good, albeit slowly? If so, why walk now if next year could be a return to challenging form? How much pressure is Ron Dennis under to bring Vandorne in? Despite having a proven good powerplant, Williams have flattered to decieve in the last two seasons and have, if anything been going backwards, both technically and tactically where they’ve repeatedly made bad calls when in good track positions. Jenson’s already been through that with McLaren… does… Read more »