Button looks to a future in management

Date published: July 10 2011

Jenson Button is poised to step into driver management as he believes he can offer expert insight to the next generation…

Jenson Button is poised to step into driver management as he believes he can offer expert insight to the next generation.

With 12 years of Formula One experience behind him, Button believes the time is right to put his knowledge and expertise of a closely scrutinised industry to good use.

In conjunction with his manager, Richard Goddard, the McLaren star is ready to branch out and pass on his wisdom, even at a time when he is still currently racing.

“This is something we’ve been looking into for quite a while, and it’s not just something for after F1, but for during F1,” said Button.

“As a driver who has been racing for 12 years, I’ve been through the good and the bad.

“Formula One has obviously changed a lot since I started, and I’ve learned a lot, and that knowledge could be very useful for other people, and not just for British kids.

“I think I’ve a lot to offer, so it could be very exciting. It’s something I’m very excited about.”

However, Button admits the arrangement is very different to the one involving Mark Webber and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner who run a GP3 team together.

“It involves not just myself and Richard, but a company, so it is very interesting,” added Button.

“But for me Formula One, and making it to Formula One, is not just about driving fast.

“It’s about carrying yourself correctly, working in the right way with your team, sponsors and engineers.

“It’s also about training in the right way so you enjoy it, along with learning about nutrition, being in the right frame of mind, all the mental aspects.

“If you’re a kid and they hear that kind of thing from someone who has not had Formula One experience, from a manager, then they will go, ‘Well, what do you know?’.

“But if it comes from someone who has actually been through it, then it’s a great angle and it could work well.

“It’s something we’re going to look at in the near future.”