McLaren to decide 2015 drivers before season ends

Sat Sep 6, 2014 6:32am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

MONZA Italy (Reuters) - McLaren are in no rush to decide their 2015 Formula One driver lineup, and Jenson Button's future, but will do so before the end of the season, group chairman Ron Dennis said on Saturday.

"When there is a decision to take we will take won't be in the next few days and it won't be at the end of the season, it will be something in between," he told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix.

He indicated also that it could ultimately remain unchanged.

"We really respect both of them, they're doing a great job," said Dennis of 2009 world champion Button and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen.

"The drivers' role in the future is an open issue and will only be decided as and when we know where the market stands," he said.

Button, 34, is out of contract at the end of the season but has said he wants to continue and is 'very relaxed' about the situation.

Dennis, speaking after announcing a sponsorship with Italian coffee company Segafredo Zanetti, reiterated that McLaren always had the best drivers available but stressed the key word was 'available'.

"So the first thing you have to establish, before you have any process of selection - and that is not derogatory, detrimental or negative to your existing drivers - is who is available," he added.   Continued...