Honda has declared the workforce for which 2009 Formulation Just one environment champion Jenson Button will contest his initial full period with in Japan’s 2018 Super GT series.
Adhering to a one-off Super GT outing at the Suzuka 1000km final August with Honda’s Mugen squad, Button will total his return to racing on a full-time basis with Honda-backed Group Kunimitsu, operate by Kunimitsu Takahashi, who produced one F1 grand prix start off in 1977.
The Briton took a calendar year-very long sabbatical from racing at the conclusion of the 2016 F1 period — barring a substitute appearance in final year’s Monaco Grand Prix for Indy-bound Fernando Alonso — and will drive an NSX-GT along with 2013 Super Formulation champion and various Super GT race winner Naoki Yamamoto.
Very last calendar year Button admitted he “fell out of enjoy” with F1 for the duration of a turbulent 2016 campaign with McLaren-Honda, adding he was delighted to draw a line beneath his F1 career pursuing his 2017 Monaco appearance.
His switch to Super GT opened the door for McLaren protégé and growing British feeling Lando Norris to choose over Button’s preceding purpose as McLaren reserve driver.
Button will also mark his initial race outing at Le Mans in this year’s Vintage Team C race in July, in which he will get behind the wheel of a 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 prototype.