McLaren board meeting fails to produce a 2015 driver lineup


The wait goes on for McLaren, as a board meeting today is yet to determine the team’s 2015 driver lineup.

While Fernando Alonso appears to be all-but-publicly confirmed for a return, the fate of the team’s two 2014 drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen, remains unknown. Additionally, the late-season form of Stoffel Vandoorne in GP2 could well have put the team’s Belgian reserve driver in play.

“Today’s board meeting has now concluded, and no decision has been taken with regard to our 2015 driver line-up,” read a statement from McLaren, distributed to media (Autosport, James Allen, etc.)

McLaren had announced that a decision on or after December 1 was imminent, but this news appears to push that back even further into the winter.

It’s a difficult position for the drivers to be left in, as there are no other remaining seats on the Formula One grid for 2015, and it does not get the revived McLaren-Honda pairing off on the right foot from a PR standpoint.

There could well be commercial issues at play here, as the team is yet to reveal its primary commercial partner for 2015 either. Both Button and Magnussen were present at a Johnnie Walker event earlier Thursday.

UPDATE, 1:45 p.m. ET: Button has tweeted a simple emoji that says so much without writing anything at all.