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11 Nov 2016

GRC: Button enticed by series

Category: GRC, News Posted 11.11.16 12:42 by

In an interview with motorsport.com – Jenson Button confirms interest in Rallycross across the pond and looks set to compete in Red Bull Global Rallycross in the coming seasons.

Button’s late father John was a British Rallycross driver and he had frequently said it was something he wanted to do when his F1 career ends.

 

John Button (* 27.07.1943 – 12.01.2014) and his VW Golf Mk1 SuperCar pictured during the 1978 ERC round at Lydden Hill. © EL/ERC24

John Button (* 27.07.1943 – 12.01.2014) and his VW Golf Mk1 SuperCar pictured during the 1978 ERC round at Lydden Hill. © EL/ERC24

 

It was confirmed recently that Button, who claimed the 2009 Formula One world championship will not feature next season for McLaren.

Button is believed to favour future Rallycross outings in the states. Speaking to Motorsport.com he said:

“I might do some rallycross in America, and do some testing in something else in rallycross,” he told Motorsport.com. “There’s lots that I can do, and I’ve just got to choose how much I really want to do next year, or have more of a rest,” said Button.

The recent news that Volkswagen will quit the World Rally Championship at the end of the 2016 season, leaving reigning champion Sebastien Ogier, and Rally winners Jari-Matti Latvala and Andreas Mikkelsen without a drive for next season – perhaps opens up the possibility of new manufacturer Rallycross programmes in the future. Button added fuel to that speculation, hinting at a possible programme with Volkswagen:

“I think it’s a massively growing sport, especially with Audi pulling out of Le Mans, and VW pulling out of rallying,” he said. “I know their main aim is not rallycross, but it will definitely help their rallycross programmes,” said Button.

Andretti Autosport which has won three titles in two years in the GRC currently represents VW in America.

Top Image: Jenson Button at Formula One Testing, in Barcelona, Spain. © X Moy / XPB Images