Claire Williams would have 'loved' to sign Jenson Button for Williams
"A British driver in a British team has been a dream of mine"
By William Esler
Last Updated: 05/09/16 12:56pm
Claire Williams admits she would have "loved" to have signed Jenson Button to race for Williams in 2017.
The Briton was linked with a return to the team with which he made his F1 debut in 2000 after it became apparent Stoffel Vandoorne would take his race seat at McLaren.
Instead, Button has agreed a new two-year deal to remain at McLaren which will see him become a company ambassador while a return to a race seat in 2018 at the Woking squad hasn't been ruled out.
"Everyone knows that we were quite interested in Jenson - and why wouldn't you be? He's a great talent and he would be a great driver for anyone to have in their team," Williams told Sky Sports F1.
"Saturday's announcement is a real shame for the sport and comes off the back of Felipe [Massa announcing his retirement].
"We're losing two great drivers from the sport, legends. I would have loved to have Jenson in this team, but unfortunately it didn't work out. I wish him all the best.
"I would have loved to have seen him in Williams...a British driver in a British team has been a dream of mine. You never know, one day."
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