McLaren announces Button and Alonso as drivers for 2015 F1 season

Jenson Button will remain at McLaren for 2015 to partner Fernando Alonso in the new Honda powered cars

McLaren has announced that former World Champion Jenson Button will be able to retain his seat for the 2015 Formula 1 season. He will be joined by Fernando Alonso, who is hoping to secure a third world championship after spending five unsuccessful years with Ferrari, where his seat has already been filled by Sebastian Vettel.

In a somewhat surprising move by McLaren, 22-year old Kevin Magnussen has been dropped from the team. Originally it had been reported that Button would be made to depart as Ron Dennis, McLaren Chairman, and Eric Boullier, racing director, had favoured the younger and cheaper driver. However, with repeated delays made by the team before an announcement, it seems that Jenson Button has prevailed.

Throughout the season Button out-qualified Magnussen 10-9 from 19 races, but also scored twice as many points as the Danish driver throughout the season. While the team’s data suggested that Magnussen was fractionally quicker and that he possessed youth and promise, it was possibly Button’s experience and solid end to the season that saw him retain his seat.

Even though Jenson Button has been allowed to continue for at least one more season, he will be taking at least a 50 percent pay-cut from the reported £12 million he earned in the 2014. Alonso on the other hand will be paid a reported £25.5 million a year, making him the highest paid driver on the grid. His contract is for two seasons, with the option for a third. This will most likely depend on the success of the reunited McLaren-Honda partnership and whether they can resurrect that original winning formula.

As for Kevin Magnussen, he may remain at McLaren as a reserve driver for the 2015 season. View our McLaren-Honda gallery here, and watch a fan video to hear the 2015 Honda engine below.

Recommended

McLaren 765LT Spider unveiled – £310,000 Super Series flagship joins coupe
McLaren 765LT Spider – front quarter
McLaren

McLaren 765LT Spider unveiled – £310,000 Super Series flagship joins coupe

The next drop-top LT arrives in a familiar form, but with some immense numbers to back it up
27 Jul 2021
McLaren secures £550million of new investment
Woking HQ
McLaren

McLaren secures £550million of new investment

The McLaren Group has been given a vital cash injection to the tune of £550million
19 Jul 2021
McLaren Elva now available with windscreen – total production run reduced to just 149 units
McLaren Elva with a windscreen
McLaren

McLaren Elva now available with windscreen – total production run reduced to just 149 units

The £1.4m McLaren Elva can now be optioned with a traditional windscreen, and production numbers have again been slashed, to just 149 units
27 May 2021
Final McLaren 620R rolls off production line, concluding Sports Series production
McLaren 620R
McLaren

Final McLaren 620R rolls off production line, concluding Sports Series production

Production of McLaren’s road-going GT4 racer has come to a close, marking the end of the Sports Series line
24 Mar 2021

Most Popular

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better
Mercedes S-class – front tracking
Mercedes

Mercedes S-class 2021 review – the ‘best car in the world’ just got better

It may be slipping out of fashion, but the institution that is Mercedes’ S-class is only getting stronger
22 Jul 2021
Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110
Lotus Emira
Lotus

Lotus Emira makes world debut – all-new coupe to rival Alpine A110

Lotus's first all-new car for a quarter of a century comes AMG power and sub-£60,000 price tag
13 Jul 2021
New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster
2021 Audi RS3 Sportback – front tracking
Audi RS3

New Audi RS3 revealed – AMG’s A45 S rival returns fitter and faster

After months of tech insights, we now finally get to see the all-new Audi RS3 in its finished form
19 Jul 2021