McLaren admits drivers 'uncomfortable' over futures
27 August 2014 – McLaren admits that the uncertainty over its line-up for 2015 and beyond has left Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen feeling "uncomfortable" about their futures, but says it is important to take its time.
As McLaren prepares to reignite its engine partnership with Japanese manufacturer Honda next season, Button – who joined the team in 2010 – and rookie Magnussen are waiting to see if they will remain onboard.
"We are working on the strategy for the line-up for the next years. It's important to say 'years' because we are looking for three and maybe five years," said Racing Director Eric Boullier during a McLaren-Mercedes phone-in.
Boullier went on to explain: "It's true that with Ron [Dennis, CEO of the McLaren Group] being back since January and me being new to the team we have asked for a little bit more time than necessary, but we can afford this time, even if it is uncomfortable for the drivers, which I can understand. We have to put our priorities [first]."
But Boullier praised Button and Magnussen for the performances they have delivered so far this season.
"They have performed better than we could have expected," Boullier said of the pairing. "First of all, we didn't give them a good enough car, and of course the worse the car is, the more difficult it is to drive.
"In terms of driving I think both drivers have done a very good job. Kevin had a podium in the first race [the Australian Grand Prix] and then obviously went through a few experiences which are part of the learning process. In the case of Jenson, he is super professional and has delivered everything he could out of the car."