Williams press release on Button signing

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team today confirmed that Jenson Button has signed for the team for the 2005 season and beyond. The signing reflects a strong and long-term relationship between Jenson Button and the team and completes the team's driver...

The BMW WilliamsF1 Team today confirmed that Jenson Button has signed for the team for the 2005 season and beyond.

The signing reflects a strong and long-term relationship between Jenson Button and the team and completes the team's driver line-up into the medium term, following the recent signing of Mark Webber.

Frank Williams said, "There has been a long-term relationship between the BMW WilliamsF1 Team and Jenson, indeed his Formula One career started with the team in 2000. We have maintained that relationship until the present day, and I am delighted that one of the most talented drivers in Formula One has accepted the opportunity to return to the team."

For his part, Jenson commented on the agreement that, "I am very pleased that I had the option to re-join the BMW WilliamsF1 Team where my Formula One career started. For the meantime, the 2004 season has my full focus and attention. Beyond this, I have every confidence that the massive investment in resources and the depth of talent at WilliamsF1 and BMW provides the best platform for my future ambitions to be a World Champion."

Button joined the BMW WilliamsF1 Team just after his 20th birthday from British Formula 3, and validated Frank Williams' confidence in his talents by rocking the established order with a string of notable achievements in his debut season. Jenson went on to pursue his Formula One career with Benetton Renault, and more latterly, BAR.

In the space of four short seasons, Jenson has become one of the most sought after Formula One drivers as the team's Director of Engineering, Patrick Head, reflected, "When we signed Jenson in 2000, he was clearly a nascent talent. In the last three seasons, no-one can have any doubt that he has now come of age and is one of the sport's leading contenders."

"In many ways, the challenge is now ours to meet his capabilities, and I have every confidence that the intense investment and re-organisation we have undertaken this year, married with a strong driver pairing, will see a resurgent BMW WilliamsF1 Team next season."

BMW's Director of Motorsport, Mario Theissen, also welcomed the announcement. "Jenson is one of the very best drivers in the paddock, and BMW is delighted that he has trusted our ambition and determination to win World Championships. I have every confidence he will make a significant contribution to our future success."

-williams-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber , Patrick Head , Frank Williams , Mario Theissen
Teams Williams , Benetton