Jenson Button wouldn’t follow Fernando Alonso’s lead and take a shot at the Indy 500, but he would love to venture out into other motorsport areas.

Alonso’s bold move to race at Indianapolis has generated huge interest from the motor racing community, although not a single F1 driver has expressed to date their will to emulate the Spaniard.

On the contrary, most feel that Indy is way out of their comfort zone, and button is no exception.

“Indy has not really been something I’ve ever thought about,” said Button during today’s FIA press conference in Monaco.

“Personally I was surprised that Fernando was interested in doing it. But we all like different things. We’re racing drivers, not just F1 drivers and we like trying other sports.

“For me it would be more, I’d like to do Le Mans one day, I think it would be a great experience, great team atmosphere. Obviously it has to be the right opportunity like Nico [Hulkenberg] had.”

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Since his semi-retirement from F1, Button has spent most of his time Stateside, in California, living the West Coast life with girlfriend Brittny Ward . Should he prolong his residency in the US, perhaps he would be tempted by a stint in NASCAR?

“I’d like to race in NASCAR, I think that’d be fun. I went along to one of the races this year, Jimmie Johnson invited me, I had a great time.

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“I loved seeing the show as it is, it’s very different to other motorsports. But equally it’s a massive challenge.

“And there’s other motorsports that I love like rallycross as well. There are many things but Indy hasn’t been up there for many different reasons.”


But Button’s lack of enthusiasm for Indy doesn’t mean he isn’t taking a keen interest into Alonso’s bid at the Speedway.

“Of course I have an interest, I’ve been team mates with Fernando for a couple of years and raced against Fernando for many more years than that.

“So it’s interesting to see how he does, very different type of motorsport, there’s a lot of talent out there and drivers that have been doing that for so many years.

“It’ll be interesting to see how he gets on. Qualifying went pretty well and the race is obviously something very different.

“Wheel-to-wheel around there is pretty mad. I wish him the best and the most important thing is he stays safe.”


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