Recent Formula 1 retiree Jenson Button has been keeping busy in the USA by testing a Honda Civic rallycross car.
There’s been no official announcement on his F1 retirement, although it was hinted at all the way through the 2016 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.
Button’s simply taking a break from F1 at the moment. However, he couldn’t stay away from a race car for long.
But instead of F1 machinery, the 2009 F1 champion has been out testing a Honda Civic rallycross car at the Sebring International Raceway with the Swedish OlsbergsMSE team.
F1 fan-favourite Button will be an ambassador and test driver for McLaren this year but is considering his options for other championships.
And he’s made no secret of his love for rallycross, a discipline his father raced in. He’s also seemed to have a brilliant time testing a rallycross car with David Coulthard for a BBC feature last year.
Also, remember his (definitely not drunk) interview with Coulthard and Mark Webber for Channel 4 after his retirement from the Abu Dhabi GP last year?
Button said he retired from the race early on purpose so he could spend time with his family, friends and “live life”. Let’s chuck the interview in here below, so we can watch the hilarity all over again!
During the interview he was pretty vocal about wanting to try rallycross and how awesome that side of motorsport is.
He looked pretty on it in the video he posted on Instagram too, so we could well see him driving in a rallycross series next year (Red Bull Global Rallycross, perhaps, as Honda is involved in it).
It’d be great to see a big name like Button make the switch to rallycross and give it a go, whether that’s GRC or the FIA World Rallycross series.