Could it be? Jenson Button to race at Le Mans 24 in 2018


If the news coming from Auto Hebdo in France is to be believed then this could be true. The French news agency were reporting that Button is in talks with the SMP Racing Team to drive their BR1 LMP1 prototype at this years race.


The 2009 Formula One world champion is rumoured to be in talks to join Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov in the #11 car that finished the 30 hour WEC Prologue test earlier this month. This car had the fastest non-hybrid time, and indeed topped the times of all LMP1s when taking into account Toyota’s ‘unrestricted boost’ running on the first day of the test.

This would be one of 2 races at La Sarthe which Button would be competing in this year, Jenson Button and the JD Classics XJR-9 will line-up on the Le Mans Classic Group C grid against a number of other motorsport legends of the same era, including the Porsche 962C, Peugeot 905 EV1 and Nissan NPTi 90 for the Le Mans Classic.


Image - JD Classics

So time will tell if the clash of Formula One World Champions will take place in June...