Button on list for DTM outing with Mercedes

Jenson Button his second season away from Formula 1, he is currently racing in the Japanese Super GT Championship while making his Le Mans and WEC debut with SMP Racing, now the 2009 World Champion could be in action on home soil at the Brands Hatch round of the DTM series on 11 August.

TouringCarTimes reported from Zandvoort: “Mercedes AMG is believed to be preparing their wild card entry for the 2018 season, a seventh non-scoring car, for the next round of the season at Brands Hatch.”

The report quotes Mercedes AMG DTM boss Ulrich Fritz stating, “Lewis Hamilton would definitely not be an option, as he’s focussed on his current programme in F1, but also as he would also be on holiday at the time of the Brands Hatch event.”

As for Button, Fritz said, “Jenson is a good idea; after all, he was a Formula 1 champion with a Mercedes engine. It’s too early to confirm when and who will be our wild card entry this season, there are various possibilities and we will make an announcement when we are ready.”

“We won’t comment on the circulating rumours. There are many things to consider. When we have the right person and the right date we will see if we need the DMSB to bypass the last three events rule and we will make an announcement.”

“We definitely are not considering Fernando Alonso!” added Fritz with a smile.

Button has adapted well to the silhouette tintops in Japan where he drives for Team Kunimitsu Honda. Although he has yet to win a race, he has two podiums and lies tied for second in the championship after four rounds, three points shy of top spot.