Button on his 2018 Super GT drive
Jenson Button confirmed a tl a stw eekend’s Honda Thanks Day at Motegi that he wi llr ace an NSX full-time in Super GT ne xts eason. How lon gha ve you wanted tor ace in Super GT?
It all started here [Motegi], at the end of 2006. I spoke to Yamamoto-san from Honda and said I’d love to have a go in a Super GT car at the Thanks Day. I didn’t actually drive on on the day, but they gave me half a day’s testing and it was a great experience. That led me to saying that I’d like to do the Suzuka 1000Km, which I did [this year], and I really enjoyed it, so here we are. Towards the end of this year Yamamoto-san asked me if I’d like to do a full year of racing, and I said I’d love to do that. This year off from Formula 1 has been the best thing I possibly could have done because my love for racing is back. The race I did in August was so exciting, there was so much fighting, so much overtaking, and it was also really challenging – there’s a lot of competition between the manufacturers, and a lot of talented drivers, which is what you need in a sport. That’s what gets you excited, that competition.
We understand there was a possibili tyo f you drivin gi n IMSA wit hpe nsk ea n dh onda. Why did you not d ot hat a sw ell?
We talked, but I was thinking about the endurance races, because I wanted to do
Daytona. But it was tricky fitting it in with Super GT because you’d be all over the place during the season, flying between the US and Japan, and the testing schedules don’t fit either. We test a lot in Super GT at the start of the year and you can’t do both, really. I wanted to do one thing properly – I didn’t want to come into a season and over-race. Eight races [in Super GT] isn’t a lot but it’s the perfect amount to get you back into racing again.