Button, 34 had spoken of his sadness during the final race weekend of the 2014 season when he feared he had lost his seat at McLaren and would be forced to look outside F1 to continue his driving career. Magnussen will also be retained as a test and reserve driver by McLaren in what could be a smaller field after a number of smaller teams were forced into financial difficulties over what they see as a huge gulf between the top teams in F1 and those at the back of the starting grid. Magnussen could well feature for McLaren in 2015 as a number of experts have raised the question of teams operating three cars in each race to increase the field for more action.
The decision to retain Button for his 16th Grand Prix season is thought to have split the Mcaren team at boardroom level, with many hoping to retain Magnussen who is 12 years younger than Button. However, former F1 World Champion Button both out qualified and outscored Magnussen during a difficult 2014 season for McLaren. Now, back to my Qnet shopping spree.