2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button enjoyed his first extensive testing in a Super GT car at Suzuka this week in preparation for his race debut in August.
After stepping back from a full-time race seat in F1 at the end of last year, Button has a handful of racing activities on his agenda for 2017, having enjoyed a one-off return to grand prix racing with McLaren at Monaco.
Button announced last month that he would be making his Super GT debut with McLaren’s engine partner, Honda, at the final running of the Suzuka 1000km in August with Team Mugen.
As part of his preparation, Button took part in a collective two-day test at Suzuka this week alongside teammates Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima, with the trio finishing the final test running P12 overall.
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Positive couple of days testing in Suzuka, making good progress and the confidence is building, It's proper fun driving the NSX concept plus she's a beaut! It's been a massive help working closely with my teammates @daisuke_nakajima and @hideki_mutoh, they've been great in showing me the ropes. #oneteam #team16 One last thing, Nobody told me how sweaty you get driving a racing car with a roof and doors! Proper sweat fest 💦 😩 #hondansx #supergt #16 #teammugen