Alonso had long been rumored to have inked a deal with his former team from 2007, but the situation with naming a teammate reached near-ridiculous proportions when McLaren and its board presumably could not make up their minds about who should partner with the Spaniard.
As the odd man out in 2015, McLaren says Kevin Magnussen will remain an important part of the team as test and reserve driver. However, should Button thrive in 2015 and stay on for another year, it could be difficult for the Dane to stay on the sidelines another year.
McLaren says that all three drivers will play crucial roles in re-establishing one of the most iconic unions in sports. McLaren and Honda have previously teamed up for one of the most dominant partnerships in motorsport history: Honda broke new ground in the 1980s by creating a turbocharged engine that was unparalleled in both its output and its efficiency, and, between 1988 and 1992, McLaren-Honda won eight world championships and 44 grands prix, and took 53 pole positions and set 30 fastest laps, all in just 80 grands prix.
In 1988, the partnership created arguably the single most successful Formula 1 car of all time: the all-conquering McLaren-Honda MP4/4, which was driven to victory by Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in an amazing 15 of the season’s 16 grands prix.
The lure presented by those same goals has once again brought Honda back to the pinnacle of motorsports. Honda, with such a strong background in the previous turbo-era, is developing its revolutionary new turbocharged engine at its all-new purpose-built state-of-the-art motorsport facility in Sakura, Japan.
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