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Jenson Button: 'I want to win Le Mans and take on Daytona'

Jenson Button says he'd love to give Le Mans another go so long as it's with a team capable of winning and is eyeing more endurance outings in the future.

The 2009 Formula 1 champion participated in his first Le Mans race in 2018 with SMP Racing alongside Mikhail Aleshin and Vitaly Petrov, but retired after 315 laps with an engine failure.

Button had been due to take part in 2019 but pulled out at the last minute, citing the dominance of the Toyotas as the reason, insisting it would be almost impossible for him to fight for the win.

But the Briton is keen to give it another shot in the future when rule changes kick in to level the competition.

"I'm still racing and I don't want to give that up, I'm still enjoying it. I'm still looking for new challenges," he said when asked about his future plans by the Beyond The Grid podcast.

"I won the Super GT championship last year with my team-mate Naoki [Yamamoto]. This year has been a bit of a disaster, but it's just one of those things.

"I did Le Mans, but obviously not with a team that could win Le Mans, but for the experience. I would love go and race at Le Mans again and fight for the win.

"High downforce cars are what I need, I need the Le Mans style cars. I'd love to do hypercars. I'd love to help build a car that can go and win Le Mans.

"I'd love to do other endurance races, Daytona is one."

Button also says he's keen to take part in single-driver series because of his sensitivity to car set-up, which he says is very much a personal preference.

"Team sports really interest me. But I also want to race something where it's just me in the car. So, I get more time to drive it, get more time to set it up because I'm one of those drivers that really needs to find a car that works for them.

"I need to find a balance that works for me, and it's different to most drivers. So, if I don't have that, I'll never be as strong.

"Someone like Lewis [Hamilton] is very strong at wringing a cars neck, even if the balance doesn't quite suit him, for me, if I get the best balance and I get the balance that suits my driving style and it works, I feel  like I'm unbeatable but if I don't have it, I'm very beatable.

"So, it's tricky when you're sharing a car with someone, I mean it worked last year, we won the championship. But I do miss that a little bit with setting a car up how I want it to be."