Vandoorne to replace Button in 2015 could happen says Dennis
14 April, 2014
McLaren could oust veteran Jenson Button at the end of 2014 season and replace him with the team’s next young Development Driver talent.
That is the admission of returned McLaren supremo Ron Dennis, who told Formula 1′s official website that it was mainly his decision to axe Sergio Perez after a single season and replace him with in-house rookie Kevin Magnussen.
Dane Magnussen, 21, has subsequently been hailed by Dennis as having “all the ingredients necessary” to follow in Button’s footsteps and win a title.
“The decision to take Kevin [in 2014] was mine,” said Dennis.
“I took the decision because I felt that we needed to see if he could meet the expectations of our engineers, and so far he has done a great job.
“And also Stoffel Vandoorne did a great job last weekend in Bahrain,” Dennis added, “so I think he will be highly desirable by the end of the season.”
Belgian Vandoorne, who is actually a year older than Magnussen, has this year been placed by McLaren in GP2, where at the Bahrain season opener he won a race.
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