Aug 23, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier has said that the team is not planning to wait until the end of the Formula 1 season before making a decision about its driver line-up for the 2015 season.
There has been a great deal of speculation about McLaren’s plans for next year as the British team reunites with engine supplier Honda. The two enjoyed a successful partnership together in the late 1980s, and it has been rumored that the team is looking for a big name driver to kick-start this new deal.
Jenson Button has confirmed that he is not thinking about his future at the moment, and some expected the team to wait until the end of the season before making a decision about its line-up.
However, speaking in Belgium today, Boullier confirmed that the team would not be waiting that long.
“No, it is not our plan to wait that long, no,” he said.
“I’m sure there are a lot of fans waiting, and these two guys are waiting. Obviously we went through some changes in the management of the team as you know, and obviously there is a new strategy that Ron [Dennis] and myself will try to put in place.
“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.”
When asked about his future, Button chose to focus on his efforts this season as McLaren looks to bounce back from a disappointing campaign in 2013 alongside rookie driver Kevin Magnussen.
“It’s an unusual situation, yes, but sometimes it’s that way,” he said. “Our job is to drive as fast as we can, do the best job for ourselves and the best job for the team.
“I feel that we are both doing the maximum we can, and we’re both doing a very good job.”
Both drivers qualified inside the top ten for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix, which you can watch live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7.30am ET tomorrow.
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