Williams would have ‘loved’ to sign Button for 2017

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Williams Formula 1 deputy team principal Claire Williams says she “would have loved” to have signed Jenson Button for the 2017 season before the Briton signed a new deal with McLaren.

Button made his F1 debut with Williams back in 2000, and was linked with a return to the British team for 2017 upon the expiration of his McLaren contract.

Over the Italian Grand Prix weekend, current Williams driver Felipe Massa confirmed he would be retiring from F1 at the end of the season, freeing up a seat at the team.

However, Button announced with McLaren the next day that he had signed a new two-year deal that will see him work as the team’s reserve driver and ambassador in 2017, allowing Stoffel Vandoorne to step up into a race seat.

Speaking to British broadcaster Sky Sports, Williams admitted that the team had been interested in bringing Button back for 2017.

“Everyone knows that we were quite interested in Jenson,” Williams said.

“Why wouldn’t you be? He’s a great talent and would be a great driver for anyone to have in their team.

“The announcement is a real shame for the sport and comes off the back of Felipe. 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.”

Williams is currently mulling over its options for 2017 and is at the heart of the driver market. Valtteri Bottas is expected to continue, but a number of drivers have been linked with the second seat.

Rising star Lance Stroll looks set to clinch the FIA F3 title and has ties to Williams that make him a contender, while current Sauber F1 driver Felipe Nasr has also been named as a candidate for the seat.

Should Williams want a British driver, current development driver Alex Lynn may be an option, his availability still open after failing to land a Formula E seat with Jaguar earlier this month.

Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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