Jenson Button will make his GT3 debut at the Silverstone 500
The 2009 Formula 1 world champion will be driving for his own Jenson Team Rocket RJN team
Former Formula 1 driver and 2009 world champion Jenson Button had a really great surprise for all of us this morning when he announced that he would be taking part in the British GT Championship at next month's Silverstone 500! Button will be racing in the GT3 category for the first time, driving a McLaren 720S for his own team Jenson Team Rocket RJN. The Silverstone 500 will be the first race for Button on home territory since the Silverstone round of the 2018 World Endurance Championship.
Button is most well-known for his Formula 1 career, where he achieved 306 race starts, 15 race wins, 50 podiums, 8 pole positions and 8 fastest laps from a career spanning from 2000-2017. This included his 'fairytale' 2009 championship victory with Brawn GP, the team that was formed from the ashes of the old Honda team and ended up becoming the all-conquering Mercedes team we know today. Button has also had a lot of success post-Formula 1 in the Japanese Super GT championship, winning the championship for team Kunimitsu in 2018, and in the World Endurance Championship, where he came fourth at the 2018 6 Hours of Fuji and third at the 2018 6 Hours of Shanghai.
The Silverstone 500 will be new territory for Button, as he's never raced in the British GT series before and he's never raced a GT3 car either. He seems to be eager to take on the challenge though, stating that "I'm really looking forward to it." Considering how well he adapted to the Super GT championship back when he gave it a go post-F1, I wouldn't be surprised if he delivers some great racing at Silverstone next month!
The Silverstone 500 will be held from 7th-8th November. Button will be sharing his car during the race with the team's co-owner Chris Buncombe. Whilst it isn't the first time the pair have raced together, it'll be the first time they'll have done so in a GT car. The team will also be entering its regular car, driven by 'World's Fastest Gamer' James Baldwin and Michael O'Brien, into the race. Both Baldwin and O'Brien have been really impressing in this year's British GT Championship; Baldwin has achieved 1 win, 3 podiums and 2 pole positions in his debut season, whilst O'Brien won the season's opening race at Oulton Park.