Italia Racing claims their sources indicate there will be a big announcement come the resumption of F1 racing in Spa, Belgium.
Jenson Button is set to be replaced at McLaren in 2016 by the current GP2 series leader, Stoffel Vandoorne.
Towards the end of 2014, speculation was rife that Button was about to be shown the door in Woking in favour of McLaren young gun Kevin Magnussen.
However, Jenson prevailed, and it was Magnussen out in the cold.
Ron Dennis recently insisted to SKY, “Jenson Button has a two-year contract with McLaren. We are not even thinking about drivers at the moment.” But given the probability that Kimi Raikkonen will be replaced by Bottas at Ferrari next year, Jenson has been positively linked with a return to where F1 began for him back in 2000 – at Grove with Williams.
The departure of Alex Zanardi from Williams at the end of 1999, gave Jenson his big opportunity as he was offered a ‘shoot out’ style test for Frank Williams against Formula 3000 racer Bruno Junqueira.
Jenson won the day and became Britain’s youngest F1 driver.
Yet despite Gerhard Berger calling the young Button ‘a phenomenon’ and Jenson being described by Paul Lemmens as ‘like Senna’, the man from Frome’s first time around in Sir Frank’s team was a disappointment and he was replaced after a year by Juan Pablo Montoya.
Jenson was set to return to Williams from BAR in 2006, though the Anglo American team paid Sir Frank £18m in compensation to retain Jenson’s services alongside the newly recruited Rubens Barichello.
If Button makes the move from Woking to Grove, It will have been many a year since a move from McLaren to Williams has been perceived as a promotion up the grid.
Of course McLaren will say with 9 races to go, their true potential this year has not yet been on display.
Yet given the cycles and time-scales for change in Formula One, the betting man on the street would surely plumb for a final 2016 constructors’ championship table that see’s Sir Frank’s outfit outscore Bog Ron’s.