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- Updated: October 19, 2017
Jenson Button may have just got the boot in Formula One, but there may yet be a career in Red Bull Global Rallycross events in the future, according to Olsbergs MSE boss Andreas Eriksson.
There was some speculation that the former McLaren, Honda, and Brawn driver would be seen competing in Red Bull GRC this season, but as things eventually panned out, he failed to make a single appearance in the 12-event season.
Button tested for Honda Red Bull OMSE at Sebring at the start of the year amid rampant speculation he was looking to make the switch.
However, speaking to The Checkered Flag at the recent season finale in Los Angeles, Eriksson said that the test didn’t hold much importance.
“I have no comments on that,” he said. “We’re good friends, he had his birthday, I let him test, that’s the only thing I would like to say.”
Button comes from a rich family heritage when it comes to rallycross racing, given the fact that his father, the late John Button was a successful competitor in the 1970s.
It is believed that Button is now considering a move to SuperGT in Japan after talks over a switch to Penske‘s new Acura programme in the IMSA Sports Car Series broke down.
However, Eriksson believes that it would be foolish to rule out an entry into rallycross for Button at some point in the future.
“It’s no door closed,” said Eriksson of the possibility of Button moving over to rallycross.
“He likes rallycross, I want to bring him when both the car and the sport is ready for him and for the moment I think it’s a bit more work to do, but the day will come.”