McLaren line-up to be confirmed 'soon'
18 September 2013 – McLaren Managing Director Jonathan Neale expects the team's driver line-up to be confirmed in the near future, but refused to deny that talks have taken place with names other than current incumbents Jenson Button and Sergio Pérez.
Despite Button confirming in an interview with Sky Sports News on Wednesday that he was ‘relaxed’ about the situation, and Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh indicating the likelihood of an unchanged line-up on numerous occasions, the Woking-based outfit has notably delayed its final decision.
"I can't tell you when, but obviously it won't be too much further now when I hope we'll be able to clarify what's going on," said Neale. "Right at the moment we're focused on our preparations for this weekend [in Singapore], making sure that we wring every bit of learning out of the season and prepare well for next year. So that is our priority at the moment. That's not to say the drivers are a second priority, but when we have something to say we will let you know."
When asked whether the delay was due to the squad initiating conversations with other drivers, Neale remained non-committal.
"This is one of those industries and businesses, and this is that time of year, when everybody is talking to everybody, whether it's the technical staff moving around or whether it's drivers," he explained. "So it would be wrong for me to speculate but we will get to it pretty soon."