Ron Dennis insists that McLaren has not signed any contracts with drivers for 2015 and beyond, despite the obvious speculation about Fernando Alonso.
“We do not have a contract with any driver at this moment in time,” said Dennis. “It isn’t priority. Of course, we talk, we do all the things that you expect us to do, but at this moment we don’t have contracts – strictly, we do not have contracts that we have activated [for 2015], because clearly we have driver contracts at the moment.
“It’s not a great position to be in if you are either Jenson or Kevin. But the reality is they understand, as challenging as it is for them, that our priority is to produce a winning a car with which they can win.”
Elaborating on the situation he said: “The answer is simple – we don’t have a contract with any driver for next year, and that’s a simple factual statement. The first thing we’ve got to be is massively attractive to all drivers, and I hope we’re still very attractive to the two that are currently and will more than likely be driving the cars next year.”
Meanwhile McLaren racing director Eric Boullier backed up the views of his boss.
“We are working on being a winning team as soon as we can, as early as we can,” said the Frenchman. “Obviously there are a lot of different priorities and where we have to work hard. Today no drivers have a contract with us, so that’s why we don’t do any announcement.”
Asked whether he would like to sign Alonso he said: “If he does fit our strategy for the future, yes of course – as much as I want to sign these two guys next to me [Button and Magnussen].”