McLaren is expected to announce its 2015 driver line-up at an "important" event at the team's headquarters on Thursday.

The team has called a news conference at the McLaren Technology Centre on Thursday morning, and while no details are given about what will be announced, it is expected to reveal its driver line-up for next season after weeks of indecision.

While Fernando Alonso has been set to join McLaren after his departure from Ferrari was confirmed prior to the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the team has been deliberating over whether Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen should retain their seat alongside the double world champion. A board meeting last week was expected to result in a decision, but ultimately ended with the driver line-up still unconfirmed.

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With Honda returning to the sport as McLaren's engine supplier in 2015, Button's experience is seen as beneficial to developing the car and power unit alongside Alonso. However, the team has been weighing that up against Magnussen's long-term potential, with Ron Dennis having pushed for the 22-year-old Dane's promotion to a race seat this season.

A new sponsorship deal could also be announced as part of the news conference, with racing director Eric Boullier saying in Abu Dhabi that a title sponsor could be expected ahead of the start of next season.


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On the BBC web site at 5am, Button and Alonso it is,

Taipan: This Thursday or next Thursday?

Or maybe the third Thursday in February![\blockquote]

old saying: "Tomorrow never comes"

Still hoping he (JB) ends up in WEC next year - selfish on my part, so I can go watch him and Webber in Austin (again) - so much better than the GP there.

I'm based in Texas.

WEC is covered here on Fox (S2 this year) - usual advert breaks, but commentary is thankfully not local!!

Live, however, it's an absolute blast - we had a total of 11 1/2 hours of racing - Continental series, Tudor, and WEC - all were great - and three day pass (including open stand seat) $75.00