The 2009 System 1 champion introduced the creation of his workforce for the all-electric off-road racing collection simply 10 weeks forward of the inaugural spherical in Saudi Arabia.
He and team-mate and TCR Scandinavia racer Mikaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky completed sixth of the 9 groups however with crashes eliminating the remaining three different automobiles.
Button, an ex-Mint 400 and Baja 1000 entrant, maintained that he by no means anticipated to match the tempo of skilled rivals Sebastien Loeb and Johan Kristoffersson.
The Tremendous GT champion was additionally amongst a variety of drivers to boost issues in Saudi Arabia over the Excessive E standardised Odyssey 21 machine’s restricted rear suspension journey and unpredictable dealing with.
Button will now stand apart for the next Ocean X-Prix occasion in Dakar, Senegal throughout 29-30 Might to as an alternative ‘focus’ on his function as workforce principal.
He’s anticipated to nonetheless be on website and has dedicated to returning to drive for the following spherical in Greenland throughout 28-29 August.
Skilled rallycross competitor Kevin Hansen, son of 14-time European mix-surfaced champion Kenneth, will substitute him within the automotive.
Button mentioned: “I’m delighted to announce that a chance has arisen for Kevin Hansen to compete for JBXE in Senegal.
“I’m clearly carrying two hats with JBXE as each a driver, but additionally workforce proprietor, and it’s the latter which suggests having the chance to place Kevin within the automotive for this race was one I didn’t wish to move up.
“He’s an thrilling driver and I can’t wait to see him representing JBXE in Senegal and I look ahead to being again behind the wheel in Greenland.”
Hansen, 22, has contested the World Rallycross championship within the Supercars class since 2015 along with successful the European and Titans RX titles.
His brother, 2019 World RX champion Timmy, competes for rival Excessive E workforce Andretti United alongside team-mate Catie Munnings.
Hansen was additionally a member of the Excessive E Drivers’ Programme and first examined the 550bhp automotive at Chataeu de Lastours in southern France in 2019.
He’ll observe aboard a non-Excessive E automotive with Ahlin-Kottulinsky in Sweden within the coming days earlier than travelling to Senegal.
Hansen added: “It’s an enormous alternative.
“I have been so concerned within the collection and creating the automotive for the reason that starting, from the early testing programme proper to Aragon final 12 months, so to get this chance now with Jenson is so good and I am tremendous excited to get to Senegal and see what I can do.
“I’m so pleased to be becoming a member of Mikaela additionally.
“I hope collectively we may be sturdy as I imagine she is without doubt one of the strongest drivers within the championship and I’ve identified her for a really very long time.
“She’s very gifted so it is a big alternative for us to be working collectively, and we now have a lot historical past in sharing the automotive collectively so it will be good to be together with her on this occasion, and I feel we are able to do an excellent job collectively.”