Former world champion Jenson Button discussed being an Extreme E team boss, saying that it is more stressful that actually racing.
At the beginning of 2021, Button entered his own team into Extreme E. JBXE, as his team is called, signed up for the first season of the international off-road racing series. His initial plane was to race himself, but having contested the season opener in Saudi Arabia, he decided to stop driving and let Kevin Hansen and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky do the job for his team.
With Extreme E gaining popularity as a credible and compelling alternative to other forms of racing, the former McLaren driver couldn’t have picked a better time to join the party. There is a team entered by former driver Nico Rosberg as well.
Button discussed being an Extreme E team boss, and said that racing and managing are two very different things.
“I get more nervous now than I did when I was racing!” he said in an interview with RacingNews365.
“I think it’s because it’s out of my hands. When you’re racing, you’re kind of in the moment, but when you’re a team owner, it’s very different. The adrenaline, wow! My heart pounds before the start. I’m loving the experience.”
“It’s such a great team of people,” the British F1 legend added.
“All the mechanics here are from Rocket RJN. It’s been a massive learning curve for them as well. The engineers did a great job of understanding an off-road vehicle.
“It’s helped by having such an experienced driver in Kevin, and Mikaela, who is willing to learn and to improve every time she drives the car. It’s really good (as a driver combination).
“I’m really proud of everyone in the team. It’s been a tricky season getting used to travelling to these places around the world. It’s a very different way of racing, but also these guys learned so much this year,” he concluded.