NÜRBURGRING – Mark Webber believes that a move into the FIA World Endurance Championship is something that Jenson Button should seriously consider for 2016.
Button’s future with McLaren in Formula 1 remains unclear after a difficult start to the 2015 season that has seen the Briton score just six points, largely thanks to the team’s struggles with the new Honda power unit.
McLaren nearly dropped Button for 2015 before eventually choosing to retain him alongside the incoming Fernando Alonso in place of Kevin Magnussen.
The team has an option on Button’s services for 2016, but should it decide to hire another driver, Webber believes that a move into WEC would be good for the Briton.
“JB certainly can look at it,” Webber told MotorSportsTalk at the Nürburgring on Saturday.
“He knows it’s here. He’s obviously a world class driver, he’s quality.
“He’s certainly imminent for a decision. Obviously he will make one soon. He will do what he is happy with.”
Magnussen is known to be a candidate for Button’s seat, whilst fellow McLaren junior Stoffel Vandoorne’s domination of the GP2 Series this season has also brought him into the running for 2016.
Webber left F1 at the end of 2013 to join Porsche in the WEC, and has flourished in the series, finishing second in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Australian believes that the arrival of more big names from the world of motorsport will only help the WEC to grow over the coming years.
“I think we’re in the ascendancy here,” Webber said. “Certainly there’s a lot of positive things happening, obviously when you’ve got someone like Porsche continuing to 2018, a few drivers looking at it.
“Obviously Nico [Hulkenberg] was great that he popped across this year and got a massive result at Le Mans. All this helps the profile and helps people understand what the cars are about. They look sexy on TV.”
Webber also believes that it is only a matter of time before more and more drivers opt to make the move across to WEC from single seaters.
“I think they will, in time,” Webber said. “When you’re 26 or 27, you want to be in F1, it’s obvious.
“But when you get towards the end of your career, I think that they know this is a really, really attractive option.”