Jenson Button completes first WEC LMP1 test with SMP Racing

Formula 1 champion Jenson Button says he was left "smiling ear to ear" after completing his maiden run in SMP Racing's BR Engineering BR1 LMP1 car at Magny-Cours

Jenson Button completes first WEC LMP1 test with SMP Racing

Button is set to make his World Endurance Championship debut next month in the Le Mans 24 Hours after agreeing a deal to contest the 2018/19 superseason alongside Vitaly Petrov and Mikhail Aleshin in SMP's #11 BR1-AER.

He missed last weekend's Spa opener due to clashing Super GT commitments, but he turned his first laps in the Dallara-built prototype at Magny-Cours on Wednesday.

An SMP Racing representative told Autosport: "We are very happy after the first test day with Jenson in Magny-Cours.

"He was immediately comfortable in the car and enjoyed a full testing day, including day and night runs.

"Jenson had a series of long and short stints and extracted most of the car in each run.

"The car was with the low-downforce aero kit, same as at recent race in Spa as we are preparing for Le Mans."

Posting on his Instagram page, Button wrote: "I'm smiling from ear to ear!

"Had my first test in @smp_racing BR1 and absolutely loved it, nice for my first test to be around Magny Cours as it's one of my favourite circuits and I have a lot of great memories from racing there, it felt very much like old skool F1 from when we raced there back in '05/'06.

"A solid 5hrs of testing and I'm already feeling comfortable behind the wheel of the beast! Still some areas of improvement needed but a good starting point thanks to @vitalypetrov & @aleshin_official #11"

The Briton's next test in the BR1 will be the Le Mans test day on June 3, two weeks before the race.

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