Jenson Button tests Honda Civic rallycross car in America

Ex-Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button has tested a Honda Civic Coupe rallycross car as he considers his options for this season

Jenson Button tests Honda Civic rallycross car in America

The 2009 title winner tested a Civic Supercar for the first time with Swedish team OlsbergsMSE in America on Wednesday, having previously driven a JRM Racing Mini RX car at Lydden Hill in 2015 as part of a BBC F1 feature.

Button is currently taking a sabbatical from F1 but will continue to work with the McLaren-Honda team this season as an ambassador and reserve driver, making OMSE's Honda-backed Civic a natural choice for him to sample a current Supercar.

"He likes it and he's doing really well," OMSE owner Andreas Eriksson told Autosport's sister title Motorsport.com.

"Jenson is enjoying himself. He wanted to see what he can do and how fast he can be and so on, and that's what we're trying to help him answer.

"Obviously we both work closely with Honda, so it makes sense for him to do it with us."

Asked about the chances of Button racing for the OMSE team this season, Eriksson added: "Nothing is ready, nothing is done. We're just taking things step by step."

Button's late father John raced in rallycross in the late 1970s in a Volkswagen Beetle and then Golf.

The British driver has made no secret about his intention of racing in rallycross following his F1 career.

He has previously listed rallycross in America as one of the series he was considering for 2017.


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