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Alonso returns to McLaren: Alonso and Button confirmed as drivers

Alonso returns to McLaren
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M After a long back-and-forth, cLaren-Honda has finally made a decision. As the traditional racing team from Woking announced on Thursday (December 11th, 2014), the British are entering the new Formula 1 season with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Kevin Magnussen, who has long been considered the most promising candidate for the 2nd cockpit, takes on the role of test and reserve driver.

Alonso a 2nd time for McLaren

Alonso returns with it back to the team he left in strife in 2007. But the old arguments - especially with team boss Ron Dennis - seem to have been forgotten. 'I join this project with enormous enthusiasm and great dedication. I know that it could take some time before we achieve the results we want, but that is not a problem for me,' said Alonso, who also spoke in connection with his announcement expressed his admiration for Ayrton Senna.

'I have received several tempting offers over the years, but over a year ago McLaren was very active asking me if I would be part of the McLaren reunion and Honda - a partnership that had dominated Formula One for so long. McLaren-Honda’s repeated and open desire, persistence and determination to get me on the team were some of the main reasons I made my decision Also don't forget: We share common goals and expectations. '

For the two-time world champion who negotiated intensively with Porsche for a long time about an LMP1 commitment the move to McLaren-Honda is also associated with risks. Nobody knows exactly how powerful and reliable the new Honda engine will be. During the test drives in Abu Dhabi, McLaren-Honda did not achieve a timed lap. There are also doubts on the chassis side. For the past 2 years, McLaren engineers have only produced mediocrity in this area.

Button next to Alonso

At the side Alonso will get the experienced Jenson button for the coming year. The Briton prevailed against his 22-year-old teammate from the previous season, Kevin Magnussen. 2015 will be his 16th Formula 1 year and his 6th as a McLaren driver. 'Like Fernando, I am sure that McLaren and Honda will have great success,' said the Englishman. 'I'm looking forward to having a teammate as fast and experienced as Fernando. I am sure that we will work together extremely well.'

Team principalDennis even spoke of the best driver pairing in the field. 'McLaren's policy has always been to form the strongest possible driver pairing, and I firmly believe that we did that with Fernando and Jenson.'

Magnussen stays with McLaren-Honda despite the cancellation of a regular cockpit . He takes on the role of test and reserve driver.

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