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Boullier: Driver line-up not a priority

McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says considering any driver line-up changes is not a priority for the team at present
McLaren racing director Eric Boullier says considering any driver line-up changes is not a priority for the team at present.

Jenson Button's contract expires at the end of the season and he revealed in Montreal that he had yet to commence talks over any potential new deal. When asked about the situation by Crash.net, Boullier said the restructuring McLaren has been going through – allied to the performance of its driver pairing – means it has not been thinking about potentially making any changes at this stage.

“There was a lot of change in McLaren recently, especially in top management,” Boullier said. “Drivers are obviously very important but today what I can say is that we had to learn about each other. I am very complimentary about both of these guys because to be honest, today we are very, very happy with both Jenson and Kevin [Magnussen].

“There are other priorities to change in the team [before thinking about] if we have to change drivers, which today I'm not convinced [we do].”

Button – who lost his father John in January – said he is not in a hurry to finalise any new deal while he tries to focus on more pressing matters.

“You only start thinking about it because I get asked the question by you guys so much, I'd rather just get on with the racing and help us move forward,” Button said. “There's no rush for someone who is in my position to seal a deal for next year. For me, you take it every day as it comes; I've learned that especially over the last six months.

“So living in the moment is definitely something that I'm doing right now and I don't want to look too much in to the future.”

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June 11, 2014 1:29 PM

Funny the amount of people who think Button should give up, remember the amount of hype surrounding Magnussen pre season and again after the first race, much of it coming from Ron Dennis, yet Button has almost twice as many points as Magnussen but he's past it and should quit. Weird.


June 11, 2014 12:23 PM

The fact that Mclaren are not able to confirm that Button is going to be retained rather suggests that RD has other ideas, indeed he has already been talking about Alonso and while it is unlikely he will get him there are several people I would'nt rule out. Maybe Button is just being cute and knows where he will be next season, afterall if he wants to stay in F1 he is unlikely to be sitting around waiting on RD.

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