McLaren: Contrast of driver line-up a win-win situation

By on Friday, January 24, 2014
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McLaren Mercedes

McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale says that their 2014 driver line-up is a 'win-win situation' for the team.

Jenson Button remains with McLaren for a fifth season and he is joined by reigning Formula Renault 3.5 champion Kevin Magnussen.

They will race the MP4-29, which was unveiled on Friday.

"We all know and like Jenson very much – he’s an integral part of this team now," said Neale.

"Kevin has shown such fantastic promise – both in the junior series, and on the occasions that he has tested for us – that it made absolute sense to develop him as our race driver."

"I really think the beauty of our driver line-up comes from its strength and structure through sheer contrast. In Jenson, we have Formula 1’s unofficial ambassador, somebody who provides us with an unprecedented databank of experience; we can really work with him as we learn together how to develop and refine this year’s car."

"In Kevin, I see a raw, unfettered enthusiasm and a fearsome work ethic."

"His arrival has been a terrific motivator for the entire team, and I’ve been really pleased and impressed by the way he’s thrown himself into the process. While he’ll naturally need time to acclimatise, we’re undoubtedly of the opinion that he’s ready for F1.

Neale added that reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne, who will race in GP2 this season, has 'tantalising' long term potential.

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McLaren Mercedes

"Additionally, we have Stoffel as our reserve – another driver whose long-term potential is tantalising."

"He’ll have an increasingly complementary role alongside our two drivers – he’ll be attending all the races where GP2 is on the support bill, and will be heavily dialed in to our trackside operations as we ramp up his learning and experience.

"I think we have a fantastic line-up, and the best thing is that each driver will motivate and inform the other – it’s a win-win situation for the whole team."

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