Jenson Button open to Le Mans, rallycross after Formula 1

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Jenson Button is open to racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and following in his father’s footsteps by entering rallycross once his Formula 1 career has ended.

Having made his F1 debut back in 2000, Button is now the most experienced driver on the grid, leading to yearly questions about his future in the sport.

The Briton’s career came close to ending in 2014 before McLaren opted to retain him alongside Fernando Alonso, while he was rumored to be set to announce his retirement last autumn, only to extend his contract by another year.

Button conceded that his future will now be a yearly debate, but said that he is still enjoying racing and that he has no fixed idea of when his time in F1 will end.

“I don’t know what I’m going to do in the future. The thing is, when I am working, when I am driving, I am more focused than ever,” Button told NBC Sports.

“That’s never an issue for me, because I want to do the best job for myself – forgetting anyone else, I want to do the best job for myself. And that’s never going to go away. I’ll never just drive around in a racing car. I will only ever race if I love pushing something to the limit and getting something out of it.

“But the future, yeah, I don’t know what I’m going to do. I haven’t really thought about. I’ve got some ideas of what I want to do in the future, but I don’t know when that’s going to be, whether that’s 2017 or 2020. Who knows?”

When asked if he would be interested in racing at Le Mans, Button was open to the idea, but spoke more widely about racing in rallycross like his father, John, did in the 1970s and 1980s.

“I’d like to do Le Mans, I would. If it fits in, if it works, if Le Mans is in the right place and if there’s possibilities for me, yeah of course,” Button said.

“I’m a big fan of rallycross, I think it’s a fantastic sport. It’s a sport my Dad used to race in, and I’ve got great memories of hearing his VW Beetle and VW Golf back in the eighties.

“Big fan of it just being outright racing, very mechanical, old school racing. 600 horsepower, madness, you can hit each other, regulations aren’t that strict. I like that.

“I think a lot of people that finish their career in motorsport decide to go down that direction because it’s a bit more relaxed and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Sebastien Loeb has just signed up for FIA Rallycross. It’s an interesting direction for a lot of sportsmen I think in motorsport.”