Whitmarsh says McLaren happy with current drivers

By on Thursday, June 23, 2011

Jun.23 (GMM) Martin Whitmarsh on Thursday indicated McLaren is hoping to keep the same driver lineup for the near future.

There has been speculation in recent days not only about Lewis Hamilton moving to Red Bull, but about his current teammate Jenson Button and Ferrari.

Red Bull's Helmut Marko, however, dismissed the Hamilton link this week by saying the Briton dropped into the team's motor home in Canada probably only for "a (can of) Red Bull".

And it is believed McLaren also wants to keep its other former world champion Button by offering him a pay-increase.

"We're very fortunate to have two different drivers that are great in the team and great with one another," team boss Whitmarsh told reporters on Thursday.

"We'll talk about the future when the time comes. At the moment, we're not planning on having a different driver lineup."

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