McLaren-Honda announces Alonso and Button for 2015

By on Thursday, December 11, 2014


McLaren has confirmed that Fernando Alonso will return to the team in 2015, with Jenson Button retained for a sixth successive season.

2014 race driver Kevin Magnussen will stay on at the team in a test and reserve driver role.

Alonso left Ferrari after five years with the squad and will now re-join McLaren, the team which he raced for in 2007.

"I am joining this project with enormous enthusiasm and determination, knowing that it may require some time to achieve the results we are aiming for, which is no problem for me," said Alonso.

"Over the past year I have received several offers, some of them really tempting, given the current performance of some of the teams that showed interest. But, more than a year ago, McLaren-Honda contacted me and asked me to take part, in a very active way, in the return of their partnership – a partnership that dominated the Formula 1 scene for so long.

"McLaren-Honda’s repeated and open desire, perseverance and determination in making it possible for me to join their exciting renewed partnership, have been some of the main factors that made me take this decision, not forgetting the most important factor of all: we share a common objective and expectations, and there is a very solid future, with confidence, ahead.

"Finally, I want to thank the persistence of those who have fought so hard for this to come true. I will do everything in my power to deliver for everyone and for our team, based on a formula that has always worked for me: effort, sacrifice, perseverance and faith.

"We have time, we have hopes and we have the necessary resources. Let the legend return: that is our challenge."

Button said he was thrilled to be staying with the squad.

"I am extremely excited to be embarking on my 16th year in Formula 1 and my sixth season for McLaren," he said.

"Like Fernando, I am certain that McLaren and Honda will achieve great things together, and I feel sure that, working together, all of us will pull incredibly hard to create a brilliantly effective winning team.

"Being a part of new-look McLaren-Honda is a wonderful opportunity for all of us, and I am very pleased to have been invited to do my bit. In fact, I am absolutely raring to go.

"I am also very glad that Kevin will remain part of the team. He is a very quick driver and a really nice guy."


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