Dennis sure McLaren has best line-up

By on Sunday, December 14, 2014
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McLaren boss Ron Dennis is sure that his team will have the best driver line-up of any team on the grid next season.

McLaren has recruited Fernando Alonso to partner Jenson Button in 2015 and Dennis believes that his driver pairing will trump any of McLaren's rivals.

"McLaren’s policy has always been to assemble the strongest line-up possible, and in Fernando and Jenson I firmly believe that is exactly what we have," he said.

"Fernando and Jenson have started a combined total of precisely 500 grands prix between them – a mighty aggregate – and have won 47 of them.

"I can safely say, therefore, that we now have by an order of magnitude the best driver line-up of any current Formula 1 team."

Dennis also believes that Kevin Magnussen, who was demoted to a test and reserve driver role, has a bright future in the sport.

"He will get back in because basically it's a pause," said Dennis. "We've had to press a pause button. He will be a great driver.

"I pointed out to him that I truly believe that he was going to have something in common in both Fernando and Mika Häkkinen. The thing I think he's going to have in common is that one year's testing does not take away your opportunity of being in Formula 1.

"Of course, Fernando spent one year testing between Minardi and racing for Renault. Mika did two years at Lotus, came here did one year's testing and then raced for us. Both, of course, then subsequently went on to win the world championship. He's so young."

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