Jenson Button says the future of motorsport is electric, believing it will be “pointless” racing petrol cars in around 10 years.
Button recently became the latest big name to sign up to the inaugural Extreme E series in which he will race for his own team, JBXE.
The series will see drivers racing electric SUVs in parts of the world damaged by climate change, such as the Arctic and the Amazon Rainforest.
Having driven one of the cars already, Button is confident electric technology is the future of all forms of motorsport.
“Road cars in the UK in a decade or so…you won’t be able to buy a petrol car,” he told the BBC.
“They will be obsolete, so racing in a Formula 1 car with a petrol engine obviously will be pointless. So the future will always be electric in all forms of motorsport.
“That initial touch of the throttle, when you feel that power, all the thoughts of the sounds of a V8 go out of the window because of the feeling you get from an electric-powered vehicle.
“It’s definitely the future.”
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When the Extreme E series was first announced, the founders stated a desire to get big names from F1 involved such as Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton, and they have achieved their goal.
While they will not be driving like Button, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are also entering their own teams into the series.
What’s more, there will be big names from other categories, and Button believes such a line-up cannot be seen anywhere else.
“Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton each have a team in Extreme E, along with myself, so three ex-World Champions, and a current World Champion, have a team in the sport,” he said.
“There’s also multiple [other] World Champions racing. There’s the best of off-road, from rallying to rallycross to Dakar to racing in the States.
“It’s the best of the best, bringing them all together, and we’ve never seen that in off-road racing, so it’s very cool.”