McLaren board will decide drivers, says Dennis

Mon Nov 24, 2014 6:51am EST
 
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By Alan Baldwin

ABU DHABI (Reuters) - The Formula One futures of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen will be discussed by the McLaren board in early December, group head Ron Dennis has said.

Dennis said after Sunday's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that decisions about the team's 2015 driver line-up would not be his alone.

"It wouldn’t be appropriate. Any decision has got to be supported by shareholders and board," the Briton, who also owns a stake in the company, told Reuters. "Whatever the decision, it won’t be taken until then."

Button, the 2009 world champion and most experienced driver on the 2014 grid after making his debut in 2000, is out of contract at the end of the year with Spaniard Fernando Alonso set to join from Ferrari.

While Ferrari have confirmed the double world champion has made his last appearance for them, McLaren have yet to confirm he is joining even if it is considered an open secret in the paddock.

That leaves Button and Danish rookie Magnussen fighting for the remaining seat.

The Briton recognized before Sunday's race at Yas Marina that it may have been his last, even if he hoped to be back next year.

"A lot of people have asked me is it any different, thinking it might be my last race, but not really," he said after finishing fifth while Magnussen was 11th.   Continued...

 
McLaren Formula One driver Jenson Button of Britain drives out of the pit lane during the first practice session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit October 3, 2014. REUTERS/Toru Hanai