In light of conflicting reports about its 2014 driver lineup, McLaren insists it is yet to decide who Jenson Button’s teammate will be.
A week ago, in Abu Dhabi, it appeared the British team would imminently confirm what it had described as the most likely outcome — keeping Mexican Sergio Perez on board for a second season.
Sporting director Sam Michael had said Perez is “driving well” in the second half of this season”, while Button said the 23-year-old “deserves” to stay put for 2014.
But, early this week, a conflicting report in the Telegraph suggested the Woking based team could in fact oust Perez and replace him with the McLaren-backed youngster – and new Formula Renault 3.5 champion – Kevin Magnussen.
A McLaren spokesman told us late on Wednesday: “We’ll make the announcement as and when we’re ready to do so, but we haven’t yet made our selection.”
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