Button’s challenge will not be made any easier by the late announcement of Team JBXE, which is backed by Apater Capital and social media platform Pipt. Rivals have already been testing, and Button told Sky Sports that he would only get behind the wheel for two days in Wales before heading to Saudi Arabia.
“We’ve only just finalised everything,” he said. “We’re definitely behind the game now but we are sure we’ll ready for the first race. It’s going to be really great competition and I’m really interested to see how I fare against these guys.”
Button will be the first Formula 1 World Champion to race in an electric series and welcomed the chance to challenge Hamilton and Rosberg once again – in very different circumstances.
“This is more of a sprint race,” he said. “Think Star Wars when thy have the pod racing – it’s that sort of thing.
“I’m looking forward to it. I’ma. Little bit nervous of course; its something that is totally out of my comfort zone but I think k I’ll found my feet pretty quick.”