McLaren has confirmed that Jenson Button will partner Fernando Alonso at the team in 2015.
After weeks of speculation and two delays, McLaren confirmed on Thursday that Alonso will return to the team he left in acrimony at the end of 2007, with Button retained alongside him.
Following the signing of Alonso, debate raged within the Woking-based team on which of its 2014 drivers – Button or Kevin Magnussen – should be kept on, with the 2009 champion ultimately winning out, owing to his experience.
Magnussen, dropped after a single season, will be retained as the team’s test and reserve drive in 2015.
“I am extremely excited to be embarking on my 16th year in Formula 1 and my sixth season for McLaren,” said Button.
“Being a part of new-look McLaren-Honda is a wonderful opportunity for all of us, and I am very pleased to have been invited to do my bit. In fact, I am absolutely raring to go.
“I am also very glad that Kevin will remain part of the team. He is a very quick driver and a really nice guy.
“Looking forward, I know the Honda guys well, having driven Formula 1 cars powered by their engines from 2003 to 2008,” he added. “I have a huge amount of respect and admiration for them, and promise to give 100% to make their partnership with McLaren a success.
“Last but far from least, I am very much looking forward to having a driver as fast and as experienced as Fernando as my team-mate. I am sure we will work extremely well together.”
McLaren’s announcement means that all nine teams set to race in 2015 have now confirmed their driver lineups for next season.
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