2009 Formula 1 world champion Jenson Button will make his DTM debut at Hockenheim in October, driving the sole Honda car on the grid as part of the championship's crossover with Super GT.

Button will race for Team Kunimitsu in the final two races of the DTM season, driving a Honda NSX. Honda, Lexus and Nissan have all committed to entering one car to the Hockenheim round prior to the end-of-year Japanese race in November.

Button confirmed the news on Instagram, expressing his excitement at trying his hand at another new championship.


BREAKING NEWS!! I’ll be racing in DTM at Hockenheim October 5th-6th . During my career as a driver I’ve always been an avid admirer of so many different forms of top level motorsport and the plan post F1 has always been to seek out new opportunities and challenges across those various categories. I’m delighted to say I’ve been given another such opportunity by Honda, GTA & DTM as I will be taking part in the last 2 rounds of the DTM championship at Hockenheim in my @team_kunimitsu_official Honda NSX. Nissan and Lexus from Super GT will also be entering a car each which will make an already fiercely competitive championship even more so and I can’t wait to experience it first hand. . Who’s coming to support?! . . by @shigeyoshi_male

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Following his retirement from F1 at the end of 2016, Button made a one-off return at the 2017 Monaco Grand Prix before shifting his focus to Super GT, where he won the title alongside Naoki Yamamoto last year. The Briton also raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship with SMP Racing through 2018.

Button currently sits fifth in the Super GT standings with three rounds remaining this season.