user icon
user icon

McLaren not waiting until winter to decide on drivers

  • Published on 26 Aug 2014 13:44
  • comments 0
  • By: Rob Veenstra
The delayed announcement of McLaren's 2015 lineup will not drag on until the winter, boss Eric Boullier insists. On paper, the Woking team is the only F1 grandee whose driver plans for next year are not at all clear. It is known that McLaren's new works engine partner Honda is pushing for a truly top name - like Alonso, Hamilton or Vettel - to spearhead the project.

But Spaniard Alonso could be on the cusp of falling out of the running, with Ferrari's Marco Mattiacci answering a clear "yes" at Spa on Saturday when asked by the British broadcaster Sky if he is keeping both existing drivers for 2015. With Kevin Magnussen having a solid rookie season for McLaren, it is believed the man most likely to move on would be the veteran and 2009 world champion Jenson Button.

David Coulthard, a former long-time McLaren driver, thinks the British squad holds the key to the 2015 market. "A lot depends on McLaren," he told the Telegraph. "McLaren think he (Button) is two tenths slower than Lewis Hamilton, and Kevin Magnussen has not been consistently two tenths quicker than Jenson. Therefore they are looking for that Lewis Hamilton two tenths. If they can source that, they will go with the laptime. That said, it would be a bold decision to jettison someone of Jenson's calibre," Coulthard said.

Team boss Boullier said on Saturday the uncertainty will not roll on beyond the next few months and into the off-season. "It is not our plan to wait that long, no," he is quoted by NBC Sports. "I'm sure there are a lot of fans waiting, and these two guys (Button and Magnussen) are waiting. We are in the position to wait a few days or a few weeks until we know where we go in the next few years. That's why it takes a bit of time," Boullier added. (GMM)

Replies (0)

Login to reply

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

Test calendar

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

Circuit de Catalunya - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

World Championship standings 2020

Show full world champion standings

Driver profile

  • Team McLaren
  • Points 37
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 41
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Date of b. Jan 19 1980 (40)
  • Place of b. Frome, Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Weight 72 kg
  • Length 1.82 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Spain
-
Spain
3 - Jul 5
Austria
10 - Jul 12
Austria
17 - Jul 19
Hungary
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom
14 - Aug 16
Spain
28 - Aug 30
Belgium
4 - Sep 6
Italy
11 - Sep 13
Italy
25 - Sep 27
Russian
9 - Oct 11
Germany
13 - Nov 15
Turkey
27 - Nov 29
Bahrain
10 - Dec 13
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2020

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
3 - Jul 5
Austria Red Bull Ring
10 - Jul 12
Austria Red Bull Ring
17 - Jul 19
Hungary Hungaroring
31 - Aug 2
United Kingdom Silverstone
7 - Aug 9
United Kingdom Silverstone
14 - Aug 16
28 - Aug 30
4 - Sep 6
Italy Monza
11 - Sep 13
Italy Mugello
25 - Sep 27
Russian Sochi Autodrom
9 - Oct 11
Germany Nurburgring
13 - Nov 15
Turkey Istanbul Park
27 - Nov 29
10 - Dec 13
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar