Recently McLaren confirmed that their two drivers for the 2015 F1 season will be Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
These two drivers will be heavily involved in the big changes that are coming to McLaren as they are going to be ditching the Mercedes engines and moving to Honda sourced units. Don’t forget that this isn’t a completely new thing for McLaren as back in the 80s they did use Honda engines and created the MP4/4 that Ayrton Senna won 15 of 16 races in back in 1988. So in the past it has been a successful partnership.
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. But, more than a year ago, McLaren-Honda contacted me and asked me to take part, in a very active way, in the return of their partnership – a partnership that dominated the Formula 1 scene for so long
I am absolutely delighted to be on the threshold of leading McLaren-Honda to a new era of partnership, and I speak on behalf of all at McLaren when I say that. I am equally confident that our colleagues at Honda share that determination and passion to win. As regards drivers, 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.
Alongside Fernando and Jenson, Kevin Magnussen will act as the team’s reserve and test driver.