The 2009 System 1 world champion and Sky Sports activities F1 pundit has signed as much as for his first full-time racing programme in 5 years, within the main hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship; Button to race within the gold of the Jota workforce’s Porsche 963
Final Up to date: 15/12/23 3:05pm
2009 F1 world champion Jenson Button will race in a full season of the World Endurance Championship in 2024.
The Sky Sports activities F1 pundit has signed as much as drive within the eight-round season, which options the Le Mans 24 Hours as its centrepiece, within the Hertz-backed Jota workforce’s Porsche 963 as a part of the British workforce’s newly-expanded WEC hypercar programme.
Button, 43, who has has pushed in an array of motorsport classes along with his TV work since retiring from F1 in 2017, will share driving duties within the workforce’s #38 automotive at every WEC occasion with fellow Briton Phil Hanson and Denmark’s Oliver Rasmussen.
The workforce’s two Porsches race in gold.
“I am thrilled to be racing with Hertz Crew JOTA within the 2024 World Endurance Championship alongside my team-mates Oliver Rasmussen and Phil Hanson,” mentioned Button.
“Each have already got numerous expertise in endurance racing and that’s key. Endurance racing is about teamwork and there’s no higher workforce than Hertz Crew JOTA to be taking over the massive producers in Hypercars.
“I am already trying ahead to the primary race in Qatar but additionally know there’s numerous work to be finished in order that we arrive ready.”
Frederic Lequien, the CEO of WEC, described it as “an honour to have Jenson Button – a vastly profitable driver throughout many racing disciplines – competing full-time within the WEC subsequent yr”.
The WEC season begins in Qatar on March 2, with the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 15-16. The calendar additionally contains a race in November at Brazil’s Interlagos circuit, the place Button gained his F1 title.
Former Ferrari driver Callum Ilott this week signed to associate fellow Briton Will Stevens, who has been with Jota since 2022, and France’s Norman Nato in Jota’s different automotive, the #12.
Button, a 15-time grand prix winner, has twice raced at Le Mans, in 2018 and 2023, whereas he additionally competed in three extra rounds of WEC within the former season and achieved a podium end in China.
Since retiring from F1 six years in the past after a stellar 306-race engineer, Button has pushed in quite a few motorsport disciplines – together with endurance, GT, rallycross, Excessive E, and NASCAR – and gained Japan’s Tremendous GT championship in 2018.
Button first drove the Porsche 963 he’ll race in subsequent yr at October’s Petit Le Mans endurance occasion in Georgia, USA.
In January, he may even race within the Daytona 24 Hours.