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Is a return to Williams on the cards for Jenson Button?

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Valtteri Bottas has been strongly linked with Ferrari in recent weeks, therefore generating speculation about who will be replacing him at Williams, with the latest driver to be linked being Jenson Button.

The Telegraph have reported that Button is looking to engineer a move away from McLaren, back to the team who gave him his Formula One debut, however this move could be blocked by McLaren as they hold Button's future for next season in their hands.

A move to Williams would be understandably attractive for Button as Mclaren are currently languishing at the back of the grid, with Williams consistently fighting for podiums.


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As we have seen in the media over recent weeks, Button is becoming more and more frustrated with the package that McLaren and Honda have given him.

McLaren have the ability to stop this move and keep Button at McLaren next year if they want however, as they have a clause in Button's contract which leaves it down to them to decide if he stays with them next season.

With William reportedly accepting a £9 million offer from Ferrari to buy Bottas out of his contract with the British team, it leaves an open seat if Bottas is to agree terms with Ferrari. A seat that Button would be keen to fill.

Some people may question if this is a smart move for Williams because of Button's age, however he is the most experienced driver on the grid and also one of the biggest names in the sport.  

It would also be a popular move with sponsors, helping the team bring in new money, as Button is consistently ranked in the top three with the fans according to a recent survey.

Button hasn't outwardly stated that he wants to leave McLaren however he has recently stated that "nothing is certain".

I think a move to Williams would suit everyone involved, and give Button potentially that last season of glory before he bows out of the sport, but it is all down to McLaren.

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