- Button’s JBXE becomes tenth team on Extreme E grid
- 41-year-old joins Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg as team owner in new series
Former Formula One world champion Jenson Button will drive in Extreme E having launched his own team for the all-electric SUV off-road racing series.
Button’s JBXE becomes the tenth team for Extreme E’s inaugural season, joining the likes of Chip Ganassi Racing and Andretti United.
The 41-year-old is the third Formula One world champion to become a team owner in Extreme E, following fellow Briton Lewis Hamilton and Finnish-German driver Nico Rosberg.
Since exiting Formula One at the end of the 2017 season, Button has competed in a variety of series, including the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Le Mans 24 Hours and Super GT.
Button’s involvement in Extreme E was announced just days after he joined Formula One team Williams as a senior advisor.
“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,” said Button.
“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.”
Alejandro Agag, founder and chief executive of Extreme E, said he was “thrilled” to add “one of the most popular drivers in the business” to the series.
He 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.”
Established by the founders of Formula E, Extreme E is aiming to highlight the impact of climate change on some of the world’s most remote locations. The inaugural season gets underway in Saudi Arabia on 3rd April.