Jenson Button confirms Super GT move in 2018 with Honda
Jenson Button has confirmed his racing programme for the 2018 season, as he will compete in the Japanese Super GT championship with Honda. The British driver announced the news during Honda's 'Thanks Day' for the 2017 season at Twin Ring Motegi.
"I'll be racing for Honda. I have a contract with Honda to race in Super GT in 2018," said Button. "It's been a dream for a last couple of years. I love the category. I did one race in Suzuka this year, it got me very excited.
"I am very excited about GT's, there's a lot of testing to be done. Hopefully, we will improve the package and have a good drive next year," the 2009 Formula 1 champion added, after driving the McLaren-Honda 1991 title-winning MP4/6 machinery.
Ahead of his confirmation, Button was linked with drives in the Rallycross championship, as well as the American-based IMSA series. The British driver effectively became a free agent, after McLaren announced Lando Norris as its reserve driver for the 2018 season.
However, it was believed that Super GT was always Button's preferred choice, after the 37-year-old made his debut earlier this year in the Suzuka 1000km event, racing with the Team Mugen alongside Daisuke Nakajima and Hideki Mutoh.
The confirmation on his team and teammates for the 2018 season will come at a later stage. The new season starts at Okayama during the April 7-8 weekend, followed by races in Fuji (May 3-4), Suzuka (May 19-20), Chang (June 30 - July 1), Fuji again (August 4-5), Sugo (September 15-16), Autopolis (October 13-14) and Motegi (November 10-11).