McLaren dithering is ’embarrassing’

Date published: December 5 2014

McLaren’s failure to decide their 2015 driver line-up is “embarrassing” for the team and has cost Ron Dennis “a lot of respect.”

Thursday’s board meeting in Woking failed to deliver an announcement of the team’s 2015 driver line-up as “no decision” was taken.

It was a disappointing outcome for the two drivers waiting to learn their fate, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen.

One of them, at the very least, is out.

Should McLaren eventually decide to partner Magnussen with Fernando Alonso it would mean the end of Button’s 15-year career, however, should they opt to retain the Brit, Magnussen would have been denied the opportunity to find a new team.

A team insider told the Daily Express: “Ron has lost a lot of respect over his dithering on the driver line-up.

“If Jenson is not to be offered a new deal, it means he was not allowed to bow out of F1 in Abu Dhabi in the way a World Champion should have.

“That looks disrespectful to a driver who has given so much to the sport over 15 years.

“But if he opts for Jenson, then Kevin has, in effect, been tossed on the scrapheap.

“Had he been told two months ago, as is usual, he would have had time to talk to other teams like Force India, Sauber and Toro Rosso about seats which have now gone.”

He added: “It’s the Autosport awards on Sunday, the Oscars night for F1 and motorsport, and for McLaren to go there without its drivers sorted would be embarrassing.”