2009 F1 World champion Jenson Button got the opportunity to drive a Holden Commodore V8 Supercar today in the build-up to this Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.
Button swapped cars with reigning V8 Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup, with the latter driving a 2009 McLaren F1 car. The event was organised by Vodafone – and saw both drivers do a four-lap time trial on the 3.295 mile Albert Park track.
"It was a really good experience and really exciting," said Button. "I noticed I need to strengthen my right leg if I am to have the opportunity to drive a V8 again! The brake pedal is on the right foot as opposed to my car where I need to use my left leg. It's very hot in the car and just being in a tin-top car makes it tough."
Button also hinted that he could even make the switch from open cockpit to touring cars once his F1 career comes to an end.
"I have followed the V8s quite a bit and, once I have finished in F1, maybe it is a series in which I could compete," pondered the Brit.
Whincup meanwhile described the day as a dream come true and was clearly impressed with the McLaren F1 machine.
"I must admit I was nervous before driving the F1 car. It was an unbelievable experience and the acceleration and braking is like something I have never felt," added the TeamVodafone man. "It was incredible.
"I even had a little celebration to myself 50 metres after the start as I didn't stall it. The car is tiny on the inside, but it sure does everything right. I only made a few tiny errors, a few understeers, a few oversteers. But I guess it was to be expected.
"Today really was a dream come true for me, I have always wanted to drive one of these amazing machines. It's exciting that I have accomplished one of my 'top three things to do before I die'. Now I just need to fly an F18 fighter jet and go into space!"