Jenson Button: Patience needed during DTM and SUPER GT's tie-up

One-time Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says patience is needed during the early phases of the DTM and SUPER GT's tie-up

Jenson Button: Patience needed during DTM and SUPER GT's tie-up

Button will race in the DTM finale at Hockenheim on October 4-6 driving for Honda as it and fellow SUPER GT brands Nissan and Lexus come to Germany to showcase Class One ambitions and set the initial Balance of Performance for the Fuji joint-event on November 22-24.

While SUPER GT and DTM took a step closer to unified regulations this year with the 2019-spec DTM package, it will take the debut of the '20 SUPER GT machines to help bring the two more in line.

BoP, the use of the DTM's single-supplier Hankook tyre, the restriction of DTM's DRS and removal of driver changes as used in SUPER GT are some of the measures needed for the first phase of joint-racing.

Button, the defending SUPER GT champion, says it is important to urge caution considering the size of the task ahead for both series.

"I think the idea of bringing Super GT together with DTM is brilliant," said Button in an interview with the official DTM website.

"These sorts of things aren't easy to arrange, and they're even harder to fine-tune, so I'd just remind people that we might not get it right immediately, so be patient as we try and make it work.

"Obviously, for us, it's really exciting to be going to a new continent - back to Europe - and to a new circuit [at Hockenheim].

"And I think it's a massive opportunity to be racing against Audi and BMW and the might of the DTM. That's a huge thing for Super GT, and it's going to be fascinating.

"Also, the fact that we have no idea how it's going to go - will the Super GT cars be faster? Will we struggle with the Hankook tyres? It's fascinating. I can't wait."

Button added he will not go to Hockenheim "hell-bent" on winning.

Both SUPER GT and DTM intend for the cars to have parity at Hockenheim and Fuji, with measures such as two one-hour SUPER GT-specific test sessions ahead of the Hockenheim weekend designed to shortcut the learning curve.

"Hockenheim will be DTM's backyard, so Idon't think we go there with too many expectations, and there's still a lot we have to discover about how the cars can run together on track," said Button.

"Then, hopefully, we can come away from Hockenheim having had some fun and gathered some useful data, then we can really have some fun when the DTM comes to our backyard at Fuji in November.

"I know this whole process [of bringing the two series together] has been a huge amount of effort and a lot of work, so it will be fantastic to see it work."

Button will run with the #1 on his Honda NSX and said: "it puts a bigger target on your back - I know that much! But, I've been there before, and it's always a privilege to have that number."

shares
comments
Alex Zanardi gets BMW drive for DTM, SUPER GT Fuji joint-race

Previous article

Alex Zanardi gets BMW drive for DTM, SUPER GT Fuji joint-race

Next article

Three-time Le Mans winner Treluyer in Audi's Fuji DTM/SUPER GT fold

Three-time Le Mans winner Treluyer in Audi's Fuji DTM/SUPER GT fold
Load comments
How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions Plus

How the DTM's shambolic finale poses awkward future questions

OPINION: The scenes at the Norisring as Mercedes used blatant team orders to secure the first DTM title of the new GT3 era totally undermined the credibility of the championship. But as well as overshadowing the season, it also presents uncomfortable questions to series bosses about the direction it is headed in

DTM
Oct 12, 2021
How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream" Plus

How Audi's new DTM star is channeling Rast to achieve his "childhood dream"

Having learned the ropes in GT3 alongside Rene Rast, Kelvin van der Linde is in line to take up the three-time champion's baton as Audi's new DTM king. From humble origins in South Africa, it's been a remarkable journey so far for the current series leader, but he knows that the 2021 title is a long way from settled just yet

DTM
Sep 18, 2021
The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive Plus

The number-crunching behind the new-look DTM's equalisation drive

Switching to GT3 regulations marked a fresh start for the DTM in 2021, but it has also drawn a line in the sand against other series using similar cars by engaging AVL Racing to develop a bespoke Balance of Performance system. Here’s how it works

DTM
Jul 23, 2021
The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars Plus

The initial verdict on DTM's move to GT3 cars

OPINION: Facing collapse last year, the DTM has shifted its philosophy from a championship for silhouette-based touring cars to GT machines not too dissimilar to those racing across multiple series worldwide. But despite some initial BoP-based teething troubles, there were some pleasant findings as the 'new DTM' got underway at Monza

DTM
Jun 22, 2021
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Plus

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch - but he knows it won't be easy...

DTM
Jun 17, 2021
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Plus

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race

DTM
Oct 13, 2020
How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror Plus

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did

DTM
Sep 23, 2020
The season that revitalised a sleeping giant Plus

The season that revitalised a sleeping giant

On the 20th anniversary of the resumption of hostilities in the DTM, Autosport revisits a classic season that brought a staple of German motorsport back to life with a bang and set in motion the careers of some notable names

DTM
May 28, 2020