Button Interested in Long-Term Stroker-Ace role

ExF1 driver Jenson Button happy to stroke it for wins in endurance racing
ExF1 driver Jenson Button happy to stroke it for wins in endurance racing

Jenson Button says he’s interested in the new set of top-level prototype regulations and the prospects of additional manufacturers joining the FIA World Endurance Championship in the future.

The 2009 Formula 1 world champion, who is gearing up for his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut this weekend with SMP Racing, told Sportscar365 that his current LMP1 role with the privateer Russian outfit would prepare him for any potential drives under the new 2020-21 regs.

The FIA will release details of the rulebook at Le Mans on Friday, but an initial release has confirmed a hypercar-styled formula that’s aimed to reduce running costs for manufacturers.

Button is currently a factory driver for Honda, which has direct links to Acura’s program in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, although the Japanese manufacturer is not understood to currently be involved in WEC discussions.

However, when asked by Sportscar365 if he would be interested in racing under the new regs, Button said, “Yeah, I would like to."

His current contract with SMP is through the duration of the WEC’s ‘Super Season’.

“I think working with a manufacturer and doing Le Mans, it doesn’t matter where you come from," Button said.

“So it doesn’t matter if you’ve done F1 for how many years and achieved whatever, because they want you to have endurance experience.

“This is great, the next couple of years, for that. But I don’t come here thinking it’s just for experience. I come here to challenge and do the best job we can."

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