Tuesday, 23 September 2014

No driver announcement for McLaren in Japan but Button drops hints of extended stay

Jenson Button makes a pitstop.
(McLaren Mercedes)

McLaren Mercedes Racing Director Eric Boullier has denied that his team will announce their 2015 driver line-up at the upcoming Japanese Grand Prix amid reports that the team would announce their line-up at the home of their new 'works' engine partner Honda's circuit as the Japanese manufacturer owns the Suzuka circuit.

Meanwhile Jenson Button told the Press Accosiation:

'I am not worried in anyway about that'. I am pretty happy I will be here next year, and I feel I am doing a good job right now. I just have to sort out my Saturdays (Qualifying) a bit more.'

Eric Boullier has stated that it is up to him and chairman Ron Dennis to decide ho will drive for the team but that he the final call will be from Mr Dennis but that protocol dictates that the final decision will made at board level.

McLaren have endured an extremely difficult 2014 season and have scored just two podium finishes which came at the season opening Australian Grand Prix in March. At last weekend's Singapore Grand Prix Jenson Button suffered his first retirement of the season following a power box failure while Kevin Magnussen brought his MP4-29 home in 10th place to score one point.

As a result, the Woking based outfit have dropped to six place in the Constructors championship, 6 points behind the Sahara Force India Formula One Team.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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