Jenson Button to make Super GT debut at final Suzuka 1000km

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2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will make his debut in the Japanese Super GT championship in August with the Honda-backed Team Mugen.

Button stepped away from racing in F1 at the end of last year, but made a surprise return in Monaco last weekend while full-time McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso competed at the Indianapolis 500.

Button has stressed time and time again that he is not interested in returning to F1 full-time, but said he would like to try other events including NASCAR and Le Mans.

Button revealed in Monaco that he would be testing a Super GT car this week, and was on Friday confirmed to be part of Team Mugen’s line-up for Suzuka 1000km.

“After driving an NSX Concept GT at the Honda Racing Thanks Day last December, I became interested in racing in Super GT,” Button said.

” I spoke with Honda and they have given me the chance to race at the Suzuka 1000km. As an F1 driver and a member of Team Mugen, I will push to win.”

Button will race alongside Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima at Suzuka for what will be the final running of the 1000km race.

The race will be replaced in 2018 by a timed 10-hour event for FIA GT3 and GT300 machinery, and will no longer be part of the Super GT calendar.

The 2017 Suzuka 1000km takes place on August 27.