Button has made no secret of his desire to race in other arenas now that his 17-year F1 career has come to an end. The 37-year-old tried a Mini WRC machine at the spiritual home of rallycross, Lydden in Kent, in 2015 as part of a feature for the BBC and the outing whetted his appetite for more.
How cool would it be to see Button going up against the established FIA World Rallycross aces, including master showman and two-time champion Petter Solberg, in the part-asphalt-part-gravel, rough-and-tumble sprint series?
While we wait, fingers crossed, for that to happen, there’s time to recall other occasions when British F1 stars have needed to keep scratching that itch after leaving F1. Here are five memorable occasions when our home-grown heroes have ventured into unknown territory. For some, it proved profitable, for others it’ll just bring back painful memories.
There are plenty of other good examples, of course – Derek Warwick in the 1990 RAC Rally in a Prodrive Subaru, Mike Hailwood returning to bikes after his F1 stint, Paul di Resta back in the DTM after a spell with Force India, Jackie Oliver and Derek Bell tackling historic racing, for example – so get in touch with your favourites.