Former Formula One champion, Jenson Button, will compete in the upcoming Extreme E racing series for his newly launched team.
The 41-year-old’s JBXE becomes the 10th team to sign up to the all-electric SUV series, joining the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg in pledging their support to the event which aims to raise awareness of climate change around the world.
Button quit Formula One in 2017 and has since raced in a handful of different series, making appearances in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Le Mans 24 Hours and Super GT. He has also participated in the off-road Baja 1000 event. Most recently, he was appointed as the Senior Advisor of Formula One team Williams.
“JBXE has been a long time coming and I’m both delighted and proud to announce its formation and entry into the inaugural Extreme E championship,” Button explained.
“In Extreme E they’ve created a product that will offer first class racing and entertainment to the fans, but also serves to highlight the impact of climate change. Whilst we will of course compete to win on track, as a collective we will also work to maximise awareness whilst racing in places that have been damaged or affected by climate change over the years.”
Each team must feature a male and female driver, and Button’s female counterpart is set to be announced in the coming weeks.
Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO of Extreme E, added: “Jenson, alongside his peers, will give further weight to our mission to raise awareness of the global climate crisis, while doing what we love – racing.”
At the beginning of January, Sky Sports announced it would provide coverage of Extreme E, which is also due to be aired on the BBC. The series is set to start in April this year and will conclude in December.