the world including their own 2014 drivers, McLaren have finally confirmed that
Fernando Alonso who stepped out of Ferrari after Abu Dhabi will race for
McLaren as they retain former world champion Jenson Button to race alongside
him. Kevin Magnussen will now play the role of 3rd driver for the
team. Now Alonso returns to McLaren, Honda Returns to McLaren and Jenson Button
will race for Honda all over again. So it’s like a re-union party at McLaren.
back to their roots of world championship victories by employing Honda engines
from 2015. The Formula One paddock was in chaos when Fernando Alonso announced
he would leave Ferrari at the end of the 2014 season. This announcement by the
Spaniard triggered huge driver shuffles in 4 different teams from Torro Rosso,
Red Bull, Ferrari and now McLaren. Immediately after Alonso’s departure news, Torro
Rosso and Red Bull had announced their driver line up. Whereas Ferrari waited
until the end of the year at Abu Dhabi to confirm that Sebastian Vettel would
be driving for the Maranello outfit. Though many predicted, McLaren kept
everyone including their drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen in the
dark. The Woking based team has finally announced Fernando Alonso and Jenson
Button as their two drivers. McLaren also confirmed Kevin Magnussen will be
their Reserve and Test Driver.
chairman and CEO Ron Dennis said: “McLaren’s policy has always been to assemble
the strongest line-up possible, and in Fernando and Jenson I firmly believe
that is exactly what we have. We signed Fernando a little while ago, but we
decided not to announce the fact until we had also re-signed Jenson as his team
has started 234 Grands Prix, has converted 32 of those starts to victories, has
stood on a Grand Prix podium 97 times, and has won the drivers’ world
championship not once but twice. “He is a class act,” stated Dennis.
he was delighted to finally confirm his switch from Ferrari to McLaren, for
whom he previously contested the 2007 season. “Over the past year I have
received several offers, some of them really tempting, given the current
performance of some of the teams that showed interest…McLaren-Honda’s repeated
and open desire, perseverance and determination in making it possible for me to
join their exciting renewed partnership, have been some of the main factors
that made me take this decision, not forgetting the most important factor of
all: we share a common objective and expectations, and there is a very solid
future, with confidence, ahead,” he said.
the 16th F1 season for Jenson Button. The Briton had been vying with Magnussen
for the right to partner Alonso. The two were evenly matched for pure pace in
2014, with Button out-qualifying the Danish rookie 10-9. The Briton had a more
pronounced advantage in the races, however, scoring twice as many points over
Ayrton Senna enormously, but, for me, it was the exploits of his McLaren-Honda
team-mate Alain Prost that inspired me most as a boy. The way he stroked those
beautifully brutal red-and-white cars to grand prix wins and world
championships was to my mind poetry in motion, and I have tried to emulate his
driving style ever since. 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...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,” the
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