Eric Boullier has explained how McLaren are not planning to wait until the end of the season to decide on their driver line-up for next season, with strong speculation ongoing within the paddock pertaining to the Woking-based outfit’s future line-up. Next season Honda will return to the sport to rekindle their iconic partnership with the team.
With McLaren once again struggling within the midfield throughout the first half of the season, strong speculation has continued to gather momentum with regards to the team’s driver line-up with Honda’s return quickly approaching for the 2015 season. With the Woking-based outfit making it clear that they wish to nail down a long-term partnership for the return of Honda, many varying options for the team have been discussed within F1’s notorious rumour mill.
Despite speculation that McLaren could wait until the post-season test at Abu Dhabi before finally deciding on a driver line-up, Eric Boullier has dismissed such rumours by stating that the wait could almost be over for McLaren to confirm their driver line-up for Honda’s return season in the sport. With several changes in the management occurring at McLaren throughout the season, Boullier stated that it could still several days or weeks until any decisions are met.
“No, it is not our plan to wait that long, no,” explained Eric Boullier to the media after qualifying, when asked whether the team would wait until the post-season test. “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.”
With McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne currently enjoying an extremely competitive debut season in the GP2 Series with ART Grand Prix, his name has understandably been mentioned with regards to McLaren in the future. However, due to Button’s popularity in Japan and his history with Honda, the 2009 World Champion is also a favourite to remain at the Woking-based outfit alongside Magnussen.
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