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McLaren not planning to leave driver decision until off-season

Aug 23, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT

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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.

  1. zydecobro - Aug 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    When Honda shows up to F1 then that will be the day to start watching
    Cause European and German manufacturers will be nothing more than spectators

    • chaparral2f - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:01 PM

      I doubt Mercedes will be just a spectator. Hondas last foray into F1 did not turn out so well. Think Earth Dreams and all that rubbish. One has to go back 25-26years ago to last see Honda do well in F1. I do agree that they will spice up the show.

    • techmeister1 - Aug 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM


      Obviously your comment was meant as sarcasm because Honda will need to achieve a lot just to be competitive. Their last foray into F1 was anything but inspiring. If it were not for Ross Brawn they would have achieved almost nothing in F1 the last time around. While Honda is very capable as history has shown the target in F1 is constantly moving and all of the F1 teams struggle be it Mercedes, Ferrari, McLaren or Lotus. I wish Honda good F1 success but I would never put money on any new team/association in F1 be it Honda or Porsche.

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