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Button not keen on post-F1 career in sports cars

Dec 31, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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At 33 years old, former World Champion Jenson Button doesn’t sense the impending end of his Formula One career. But once he does finish his days in F1, he’s hoping to find himself a new challenge.

As for what Button plans to do at that point, we know this much: He won’t be taking a page from ex-Red Bull man Mark Webber’s playbook and head off to sports car racing.

In comments made to Autosport, Button says that while he’d like to drive the famous Circuit de la Sarthe – home of the 24 Hours of Le Mans – in a sports car, he doesn’t want to deal with having to wind his way through the cars of the slower categories during a race.

“Le Mans never really ticked the boxes for me,” he said. “You are racing with cars that are so much slower, in different categories, and dodging cars throughout the whole race is not something that I have ever got that excited about…But each to their own as obviously a lot of people do love it.”

Indeed, one could assume that navigating through the multiple categories in sports car racing can be a patience-sapping exercise for any racer. But perhaps he may change his mind one day – perhaps after taking stock of what Webber does in the World Endurance Championship from this year onward with Porsche?

In any case, there’s still some business to attend to in F1 for Button. He signed a one-year extension this past fall with McLaren, but could be a hot commodity in 2015.

No doubt he can raise his stock if he helps McLaren return to its winning ways after a disastrous 2013 and stays ahead of promising rookie teammate Kevin Magnussen while doing so.

  1. drylake - Jan 1, 2014 at 1:26 AM

    Maybe he needs to try NASCAR where everybody is on the same lap and you don’t pass anybody.

  2. paulmyshkin - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    I dimly recall G Hill, J Clark and N Mansell doing adequately in Indy Cars. After having executed passes in Monaco, Long Beach should be a snap.

  3. photog645 - Jan 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Well I certainly hope that Jenson does not retire or get forced out of F1 anytime soon. He may not be the absolutely fastest driver on the circuit, but his race pace compares with most anyone. Add that to the fact that he always gets the most out of the machinery he is driving and he is still very competitive in F!. Now, if McLaren would give him a competitive car to drive instead of that moving chicane they put on the track last season, he would have a shot at another World Championship.

    • worknman24hours - Jan 4, 2014 at 12:03 PM

      McLaren is putting a lot of their resources in other venues like making world class street race cars and other endeavors.

      I am not surprised their has been a delusion of that target cross hair focus the F1 team used to have when Ron Dennis used to run it.

      Maybe Ron Dennis needs to get out of his rocker and get back to where he belongs.

      Running one the best ever Formula One racing teams.

  4. redrock81 - Jan 11, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    Jenson has his flashes of brilliance like his drive at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix but most of the time he is simply not as consistent as some other drivers.

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