Eric Boullier says McLaren are simply taking time to ensure right drivers appointed
Racing Director insists there are no problems delaying decision
By William Esler
Last Updated: 08/12/14 5:23pm
Eric Boullier maintains there are no problems at McLaren delaying a decision on their 2015 line-up and that the team are simply taking time to ensure they appoint the right drivers.
Barring Marussia and Caterham, who are currently in administration, McLaren are the only team yet to confirm their line-up for next season and a board meeting on December 4 failed to reach a decision on its composition.
Fernando Alonso is expected to return to the team he acrimoniously split from in 2007, with Sebastian Vettel already confirmed as his replacement at Ferrari.
That would leave just one seat available for 2014 drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen to fight over, while test driver Stoffel Vandoorne could have an outside chance.
“There is no problem, it is just taking the time to consider what is good for McLaren,” Boullier told Sky Sports F1 on the #Ask Crofty Show.
“Unfortunately I cannot give you any tips as I do not know. No decision has been taken yet.
“I know there are a lot of fans, Jenson’s fans, Kevin’s fans, other drivers’ fans and hopefully some McLaren fans, but it is just about taking the right decision for the future, not only for next year but also for the next years.”
2015 is a key year for McLaren as they reunite with Honda and look to return to winning ways after two barren seasons.
Button has a previous relationship with the Japanese marque having driven for them during their works' effort in the last decade, and the Briton scored more than double the number of points of Magnussen in 2014.
The Dane, on the other hand, is a product of McLaren’s development programme and despite a somewhat disappointing rookie season, showed immense pace during his title-winning Formula Renault 3.5 campaign in 2013.
“Our responsibility is to make McLaren win again and I would be happy because both drivers are terrific drivers,” the racing director added.
“Jenson is obviously a world champion and we would love to carry on with both of them, but we have to decide what is the best position for the team.”