McLaren: Button’s 2014 team mate not signed yet

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Jenson Button, McLaren, Buddh International Circuit, 2013McLaren say they have not yet signed a driver to replace Sergio Perez but indicated Jenson Button will remain with the team next year.

Perez confirmed on Wednesday he will be leaving McLaren next year.

“First of all, we would like to thank Checo for his kind and gracious statement, and for being a fine team member during the 2013 Formula One season,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

“We wish him well for the future, and are sure that he will have many successes ahead of him,” he added.

“As regards our driver line-up for next year, no 2014 deal has yet been signed with any driver except Jenson, and we therefore have nothing further to announce at this time,” Whitmarsh continued. “As and when that situation progresses, we will make a further announcement accordingly.”

McLaren have been tipped to promote their development driver Kevin Magnussen to their race team next year.

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33 comments on McLaren: Button’s 2014 team mate not signed yet

  1. Magnificent Geoffrey (@magnificent-geoffrey) said on 13th November 2013, 19:13

    Very Vince McMahonish comment there from Whitmarsh.

    All that was missing were the words “future endeavors”.

  2. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 13th November 2013, 19:27

    Fabio Leimer for the seat!!!!

  3. Lucas Wilson (@full-throttle-f1) said on 13th November 2013, 19:29

    Just because they have not signed Magnussen does not mean they don’t want him to drive next year.

  4. Patrick (@paeschli) said on 13th November 2013, 19:33

    McLaren … or how to kill the career of a lid of the Ferrari Academy in one year …

  5. ME4ME (@me4me) said on 13th November 2013, 19:34

    Suddenly the possibility of Hulkenberg joining Mclaren for next season seems very real. Apparently Hulkenberg for some reason said NO to driving for Lotus at the last two races. And besides that .. why wouldn’t Mclaren announce their new driver at the same time it becomes public that their current driver won’t be with them next year? It seems a bit weird to me. That did so when Hamilton left last year.

  6. They should have dropped Button instead of Perez. Button is too expensive for what he brings to the team. He is not in the league of the top 4 and cost the same if not more than they do.

    • maxthecat said on 13th November 2013, 20:28

      He’s a World Champion and he outscored Hamilton whilst they were team-mates. I agree he probably can’t win in a car not capable of it, but give him a good car and he’ll bring wins.

    • Perez hasn’t even scored 60% of what Button has this year. While he is certainly more expensive, he is most certainly worth it. Compared to Perez anyway. And that is just from a pure results perspective.

    • Im sure all teams use some points/$ or $/points rates to differentiate between the drivers, but it is only one aspect of it.

    • Not hard to sore more points when one driver have massive issues during one year when he was clearly better.

    • You have to remember that Button brings a couple of very important things to the team, experience and consistency. Button can win, we all know this but he needs a stable car to do it, to have a young driver who is genuinely fast is good but risky and having Button there brings stability to the pair.

      I can understand why they got rid of Perez, he just hasn’t delivered. Perez needed to outperform Button more often than not, he need to show that he has raw pace and the ability to improve his race craft through experience. One year might not have been enough for this and McLaren’s car is terrible but he should at least be putting his car further up the grid in qualifying than Button.

  7. I’d like to think I got a shot.

  8. verstappen (@verstappen) said on 13th November 2013, 23:04

    Strange how they never seem to really confirm Button.

  9. Luis Conde said on 14th November 2013, 3:26

    I have a sneaky feeling… that a certain Nico, wich last name starts with H and ends with ulkenberg, might be the chosen one.

  10. nicolas nogaret said on 14th November 2013, 9:53

    they should take magnussen
    2014 is going to be a bit of a ‘gap’ year , no guarantee of success no matter who they take ; no better time to ‘blood’ a rookie

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