Button’s World Championship Comeback: More Work Ahead

The 2009 Formula 1 champion, Jenson Button, has signed a contract with JOTA, a factory team of Porsche, to compete in the 2024 World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the main Hypercar class.

Highlights

‣ The World Endurance Championship (WEC) has welcomed Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula 1 champion, who has signed a contract with JOTA, a factory team of Porsche.
‣ Button will drive the number 38 in the main Hypercar class, along with Phil Hanson and Oliver Rasmussen, competing against a record 19 Hypercars in 2024.
‣ Button last competed in the WEC during the 2018/2019 season and has also participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and IMSA’s season-ending Petit Le Mans.
‣ Button expressed excitement about his comeback and the opportunity to work with Hertz Team JOTA in the 2024 World Endurance Championship.


The World Endurance Championship (WEC) has a new star on its roster. Jenson Button, the 2009 Formula 1 champion, has inked a deal with JOTA, Porsche’s factory team. It’s a big deal, no doubt about it.

Button is set to steer the number 38 in the main Hypercar class. His co-pilots? Phil Hanson, his fellow countryman, and Oliver Rasmussen, a Dane. They’ll be behind the wheel of a Porsche 963.

They’re not alone on the track, though. In 2024, they’ll be up against an impressive 19 Hypercars. And those cars come from nine different manufacturers. We’re talking Alpine, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Peugeot, Porsche, and Toyota. A real who’s who of the auto world.

Button isn’t a stranger to the WEC. He last competed in the 2018/2019 season, driving for SMP Racing. That was during the LMP1 era of the WEC.

Earlier this year, he was part of the Nascar-backed Garage 56 entry at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. And let’s not forget his stint at IMSA’s season-ending Petit Le Mans in October. That’s where he got his first taste of the Porsche 963 machines, courtesy of JDC-Miller.

Button is pumped for his return. He says, “I’m excited to be racing with Hertz Team JOTA in the 2024 World Endurance Championship alongside my teammates Oliver Rasmussen and Phil Hanson. Both already have a lot of experience in endurance racing and that is key. Endurance racing is about teamwork and there is no better team than Hertz Team JOTA to be taking on the big manufacturers in Hypercars. I’m already looking forward to the first race in Qatar but also know there’s a lot of work to be done so that we arrive prepared.”

And that’s the latest scoop. Stay tuned for more.

Albert Ramirez
Albert Ramirez
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