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Jenson button jota sport
Jenson button jota sport

Button at Le Mans this time to win it with Jota Sport Porsche

Jenson button jota sport

Driving for “real racers” privateer team Jota Sport Porsche backed by Hertz, Jenson Button is relishing his first real shot of winning the Le Mans 24 Hours and joining an exclusive club of Formula 1 World Champions who have accomplished the double.

Button got a ‘taste’ of the great race when he drove as part of the NASCAR Garage 56 team here last year. The project ran as a Special Project to promote the American series at Le Mans. It provided a great way to for the 1997 F1 World Champion to savour and study the event for his new foray.

This time around, in a premier-class Porsche Hypercar, Button could join fellow F1 World Champions who have achieved the double: Mike Hawthorn, Phil Hill, Jochen Rindt, Graham Hill and most recently Fernando Alonso.

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Speaking to Daily Sportscar, 44-year-old Button said: “It’s such a special place to be and I love this race. I would love to stand on top of the podium here so that’s that’s the aim. This year we have a car that can do it. The #12 Jota Porsche did such a good job at the last race. For the whole team to come away with a victory at Spa-Francorchamps so the pace is there.

“Obviously, here you need a little bit of luck along with a good team of drivers and a great team of people working behind the scenes. We will see what happens.

“Last year was very different for me in the NASCAR Garage 56 team, a little bit more relaxed but still you want to be quick you want to be competitive. I think looking back it was a memory I’ll never forget.”

For this years race the #38 Hertz Team Jota Porsche, which Button will share with  Oliver Rasmussen and Phil Hanson, will start line-up P17 on the grid this Saturday.

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The 1997 F1 World Champion continued: “In the WEC so far the #38 car has not had too much luck so perhaps this weekend is the time for that to turn around. We’ve had a tough year. The pace has been pretty good, in the first race we were on for a fifth when we had a failure.

“In the second race we had a windscreen wiper failure when it was raining which made it quite difficult.
The last race obviously we had a crash, So yeah it’s not been the best but we’re getting rid of all that bad
luck so that we can all go smoothly.

“All going smoothly this week is the key to success.  Consistency and least mistakes. Good communication is a massive one between drivers and the team all the way through the week.”

Asked how tough is it for a privateer team to challenge for victory or even finish on the podium against the likes of Toyota, Ferrari the works Porsches and all the other manufacturers we have in the Hypercar class?

Button replied: “You’ve seen that most of the private teams have been very, very quick. For the team to win it Spa-Francorchamps was massive. You also have to  look at the Proton that was competitive as well as  the AF Corse Ferrari was quick at the first race. of the year.

“Privateers are able to make these cars competitive and I think the reason is that a team like Jota Sport is
it’s a full-on racing. It’s been around for a very long time and is very competitive in everything it races. When the manufacturers come and go this team will still be here standing.

“They’re out-and-out racers and I really look forward to seeing how we can challenge the works teams this weekend,” added Button.

Hypercars have 38 pages of just what the steering wheel does

Hypercars have 38 pages of just what the steering wheel does

Prior to his first serious foray and tilt at a Le Mans victory this weekend, Button was full of enthusiasm for the Hypercar [LMDH] era: “In F1 cars, the tech is through the roof and it’s the pinnacle of aero and they are the best teams in world. But they are not as technologically advanced as hypercars.

“Hypercars have 38 pages of just what the steering wheel does; there are so many switches… so many different things for the same issue. There’s lot to learn. It’s a staggering amount of stuff and it blows your mind and takes a while to get used to.

“It’s very clever but very complex, and it takes a different type of driver – you need the skill on track but also you need to be an expert in engineering as well. Hypercars are the coolest-looking cars ever. If I drew a car when I was a kid it would have been a hypercar.

“I used to a watch Le Mans in the 1980s. That team atmosphere is very different to F1, where team-mates are the first person you’ve got beat; in endurance racing you work with team-mates to develop the car to win races.”

“I don’t know what happens when you get to 50, but I’m very happy with where I am at the moment. I’m still at my best; I do a lot of fitness training. And I broke the Guinness World Record for reactions on a Batak board earlier this year.

“The want is still there, that’s the big thing. Look at Fernando Alonso – proof you can still do it at 42 or 43 years old,” enthused Button.