In a thrilling development for motorsport fans, the 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button, is set to take the wheel of the No. 38 Porsche 963 in the World Endurance Championship's (WEC) prestigious Hypercar category. Joining forces with fellow Briton Phil Hanson and Denmark's Oliver Rasmussen, Button is poised to make a significant impact in the 2024 season. This trio, racing for Hertz Team JOTA, is gearing up to face an unprecedented number of Hypercar entries, with a record 19 competitors, including nine distinguished manufacturers like Alpine, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Isotta Fraschini, Lamborghini, Peugeot, Porsche, and Toyota.
Jenson Button, known for his versatile racing skills and strategic prowess, is no stranger to the WEC. His last stint in the championship was during the 2018/2019 Super Season with SMP Racing in the LMP1 era. More recently, Button showcased his adaptability and endurance racing skills at the 24 Hours of Le Mans under a Nascar-backed Garage 56 entry and at IMSA's Petit Le Mans, where he first experienced the Porsche 963, operated by JDC- Miller.
The announcement of Button joining Hertz Team JOTA completes their formidable line-up for the 2024 WEC season. This move is not just a return for Button to endurance racing but also a statement of intent from Hertz Team JOTA, as they look to challenge the big manufacturers in the Hypercar category. The FIA WEC's official Twitter account excitedly shared the news, marking this as a pivotal moment in the championship's history.
Jenson Button expressed his enthusiasm and readiness for the challenges ahead, "I’m excited to be racing with Hertz Team JOTA in the 2024 World Endurance Championship alongside my teammates Oliver Rasmussen and Phil Hanson. Both already have a lot of experience in endurance racing and that is key. Endurance racing is about teamwork and there is no better team than Hertz Team JOTA to be taking on the big manufacturers in Hypercars. I’m already looking forward to the first race in Qatar but also know there’s a lot of work to be done so that we arrive prepared.”
The 2024 FIA WEC season is set to kick off in Doha, Qatar, from March 1-2. With a lineup as strong as Hertz Team JOTA's, featuring Jenson Button, the season promises to be one of the most spectacular in WEC history. Frédéric Lequien, FIA WEC CEO, shared his excitement, “It’s an honor to have Jenson Button – a hugely successful driver across many racing disciplines – competing full-time in the WEC next year. With nine manufacturers in the Hypercar category next year including star names such as Jenson confirmed on the grid, everything is now in place for the WEC to have its most spectacular season yet.”