McLaren has finally confirmed that Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button will be the team’s race drivers in 2015.
The news comes after weeks of speculation about whether Button or Kevin Magnussen would retain their race seats alongside the Spaniard.
Alonso and Button were team mates at Renault in 2002 when the former was reserve driver. He was promoted to a race seat for 2003, and Jenson moved to BAR.
Magnussen continues on the role of test and reserve driver and clearly still has the opportunity to bounce back to a race seat – although he faces strong competition from Stoffel Vandoorne.
Among those to have raced in F1, dropped into a test role and returned to have a successful career are Alonso, Mika Hakkinen and Felipe Massa.