Three Former F1 Drivers Linked to WEC Team Jota for 2024 Season

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Three Former F1 Drivers Linked to WEC Team Jota for 2024 Season

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Sebastian Vettel and Robert Kubica aren’t the only ones linked to a potential WEC seat at Jota for the 2024 season. Former F1 champion Jenson Button is also said to have received an offer from the Porsche customer team.

Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 champion, has revealed that he has ‘several options’ for 2024. These options include offers from the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but there is also interest from the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the 43-year-old Brit. One of these options reportedly involves joining the second Jota Porsche 963 team in WEC, where four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel and single Grand Prix winner Robert Kubica have also been linked.

Button made his debut in the GTP class of the IMSA championship last weekend. He joined Tijmen van der Helm and Mike Rockenfeller in the top class at Road Atlanta during the Petit Le Mans race. Although it was initially a one-race deal, it was seen as a test for Button for the following year. In Braselton, Button confirmed that, for now, this was his only planned weekend with JDC-Miller MotorSports. “Honestly, I don’t know. I have several options in IMSA to complete a full season and take part in long-distance races, and I also have options in WEC,” Button revealed. “I need to see if I enjoy this weekend first, which I probably will,” he added before the Petit Le Mans. “I also have my wife’s approval, which is important!”

Button has raced multiple times this year. He competed in three races in the NASCAR Cup Series (Circuit of the Americas, Chicago, and Indianapolis Road Course) and participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, albeit in a NASCAR-adapted car for the endurance classic. The 15-time Grand Prix winner intends to continue racing in 2024, but it remains uncertain whether it will be for an entire season. “I’m in a very different stage of life now. I have two children and don’t want to be away from my family too much,” explained Button. “But I believe I’m a better father when I’m racing, and my wife agrees. I will race next year; it just depends on where and how much.”

For Button, transitioning from NASCAR cars to GTP cars with significantly more downforce was a notable adjustment. “The issue is that this year I’ve only driven NASCAR cars, in the Cup car and Garage 56 at Le Mans. In those cars, you make large steering movements, which you can’t do in a high-downforce car. Once you feel the lateral load, you lose control. You need to be incredibly precise in these cars. I had heard both positive and negative feedback from other drivers, so I was a bit skeptical,” he shared. Ultimately, Button concluded that it’s “just a race car with downforce.” “You won’t like some things, but you will like others.

Reference

https://nl.motorsport.com/wec/news/drie-oud-f1-coureurs-gelinkt-aan-wec-team-jota-voor-2024/10533298/

https://www.motorsport.com/wec/news/vettel-in-talks-with-jota-porsche-team-about-2024-wec-drive/10525616/

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