McLaren is delaying a decision on its 2015 driver line-up until December, with Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen unaware if Abu Dhabi will be their last race for the team.

With Fernando Alonso poised to rejoin McLaren from Ferrari - though the move is yet to be confirmed - it leaves the team with a choice between Button and Magnussen for the one remaining race seat. Having been aiming to confirm its line-up ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, McLaren now says it wants no distractions during the final race of the year and will not make any announcements until December.

"Selecting the optimal driver line-up for a Formula 1 team is clearly an important process, and it is therefore one that requires precise and prolonged analysis," a team statement read.

"That being the case, and in order to avoid distracting the race team from its primary objective during the final Grand Prix weekend of the season, which is to secure the best possible on-track results, we have decided to defer our final deliberations relating to our 2015 driver line-up until a date no earlier than Monday December 1st."

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McLaren also confirmed that it is still planning on running the Honda power unit during the two days of testing at Yas Marina next week.

"Meanwhile, we are working extremely hard to ensure that every element of our competitive package for 2015 and beyond is also specified to the fullest extent," the statement continued.

"We have spent the past nine months comprehensively recruiting and restructuring within our design and engineering departments; over the next few days we will be evaluating and trialling a range of aerodynamic upgrades for the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and for the 2015 Formula 1 season; furthermore, we are now only a few days away from formally commencing our exciting technical partnership with Honda, and, subject to satisfactory final bench-testing, it is currently our intention to run our interim development car, the McLaren MP4-29H/1X1, on the test days that will follow the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix."


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I bet the reason for the 1st December date is because of the post-Abu Dhabi Grand Prix test and Red bull aren't officially letting Vettel go until the 28th November so nothing will be confirmed at Ferrari until after the Test

I do know F1 is a cutthroat business. but i wonder why the only explanation put foward are all dark.
Judging by the attitude of everyone involved in this delayed announcement, i would put foward something much more simple and much less dramatic.

Maybe everybody involved already know where they will end up next year, but sponsorship contract make it so they cannot tell the world till December? That would explain the apparent calm of everybody involved.

It sure ain't as spectacular but i my opinion is at the very least as possible as every other theories put foward till now.