Oct.18 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Jenson Button could move into Le Mans sports cars next year if he loses his McLaren seat, manager Richard Goddard has admitted.
With just three races left to run in 2014, McLaren is still yet to announce its next driver lineup, although it is obvious talks with Fernando Alonso are taking place.
“McLaren aren’t sure what they’re doing and what their lineup will be,” Goddard confirmed to the Daily Mail.
“Jenson is an incredibly competitive racing driver who wants to race. He’s too good to sit at the back of the F1 grid, so he either gets a competitive car in F1 or he goes to get one elsewhere.”
The newspaper said 34-year-old Button, who has been with McLaren since taking the ‘number 1′ to the British team in 2010, has already had talks with Porsche.
Already driving for Porsche in the world endurance championship, including the fabled Le Mans 24 hour race, is Button’s fellow F1 veteran Mark Webber.
“The world endurance championship is a formidable series that is gaining strength and Mark going there has added a lot,” said Goddard.
Button is the most experienced active driver in F1 today, with over 263 career grands prix to his name and 15 wins.