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Jenson Button

Button reveals ambition to take on major motorsport challenge

Since leaving Formula 1, Jenson Button has explored several other categories of motorsport, and now has hopes of returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Jenson Button has revealed that he has ambitions to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours again, having first taken part in the famous event in 2018.

The Briton stepped away from F1 at the end of the 2016 season, though made a one-off return at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix to fill in for Fernando Alonso at McLaren whilst the Spaniard raced in the Indianapolis 500.

Since then, Button has explored other categories of motorsport, including Super GT and the World Endurance Championship.

In 2016, he made his Le Mans debut with the SMP Team, but the team were forced to retire their car in the final hour of the event due to engine issues.

This difficult end to the race has not deterred Button from wanting a second chance.

"I'd love to do it again in the right situation," Button told the BBC.

"It's a bit tricky because with Le Mans, the amount of time that goes into the testing and simulator work is massive.

"I also work with Lotus very closely, so to work with another manufacturer at Le Mans is out of the question.

"I'm pushing Lotus as much as I can to get involved in GT racing. They have a GT4 car they're producing this year, so maybe I'll do some GT4 racing in that for fun over in the States. We'll wait and see."

The 2009 F1 World Champion added: "It's such a cool atmosphere, I really like Le Mans."

Button reveals other racing plans

Button has kept busy since his retirement from Formula 1.

The driver often features as a pundit on Sky Sports F1, and has his own team in the Extreme E series. Additionally, this summer he will make his rallycross debut in the Nitro Rallycross series.

His plans don't end there, either, as Button is also keen to return to the 24 Hours of Spa event, held at the iconic Spa-Francorchamps venue.

However, given that he is based in America, Button admits that travelling can make his commitments more challenging to fit in.

"I own a team in GT racing, called Rocket Motorsport, Rocket RJN. I have two other partners in the business and one of them is my school friend, Chris Buncombe," he explained.

"He has been pushing me to race in the Spa 24 Hours in GT3 where, if I can actually do some testing, I will do it.

"But it's getting the testing in which is really difficult. Living on the other side of the world, it's tough, I can't be travelling all the time."

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