Boullier: McLaren still assessing driver situation

By on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
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McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says that the squad is still evaluating its driver options for the 2015 season and beyond.

McLaren's line-up for 2015 remains uncertain, with current drivers Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen in contention for the seats, while Fernando Alonso continues to be linked to the team.

Boullier says that McLaren hasn't ruled out signing 'two big names' for the upcoming campaign.

"I always said that we are working on the strategy for the coming years - plural - which means we could take on a big name now, or even two big names for next year, or we could stay the same and go for a big name - or again two big names - for 2016," Boullier told the Official F1 website.

"We are still assessing what we should do, as it is a big decision that will obviously be driving our success for the medium term. If we take the wrong decision we could be successful in the short term but maybe not in the long term.

"And we are in the comfortable position of being able to wait. I know that doesn’t make it comfortable for Jenson and Kevin, but I have to think about McLaren first. We have to make sure we make the right decision."

Button and Magnussen finished in fourth and fifth places in Russia, marking one of McLaren's best performances of the year. Boullier believes that his outfit can maintain their form into next month's United States Grand Prix.

"It was a combination of things: the track and tarmac suited us, and the upgrades that we brought to Singapore and which didn’t work there, but which we then modified for Japan and worked there… and with more development on these upgrades we finally made them work last weekend," he said. "We also expect to do well in Austin."

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