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GP Week : Issue 215
F1 >>> nEWs McLaren will not confirm its 2015 drivers until next month. The team was expected to confirm its lineup at Abu Dhabi last weekend, but commented on the team’s official Twitter feed, “Guys, we know you’re awaiting news on our driver lineup. We’ll announce after December 1 – you’ll hear it here first.” The status of Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen remain in limbo, as the team determines who will partner Fernando Alonso next year. McLaren said: “selecting the optimal driver lineup for a formula one team is clearly an important process, and it is therefore one that requires precise and prolonged analysis.” The team has also confirmed that its Honda-powered version of the 2014 car will run at the post-season test in Abu Dhabi tomorrow “subject to satisfactory final bench testing." Rumour in Abu Dhabi had it that most of the team's managerial quorum had a clear view of the line-up but that team boss Ron Dennis (left) was still "gathering data" decemBer: TurkeY, pudding and THe mclaren line-up BriEFly » The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be staying on the F1 calendar for the medium-term future after extending its deal last week. The promoters already had a deal until 2016, which was signed in 2007, and the new deal (which is for an undisclosed term) is likely to see out the end of the decade. » F1’s controversial double points final round made no difference to the outcome of the WDC. Lewis Hamilton won the title with 384 points to Nico Rosberg’s 317. Had double points not be available, he still would have won the title on 359 points. » Simona de Silvestro has split with her manager Imran Safiulla. The Swiss driver participated in several tests with Sauber earlier this year but was terminated “for financial reasons”, according to a Sauber spokesperson. » McLaren has parted ways with Gary Paffett. The British test driver has been with the team since 2006, and is expected to continue his career with long-time partner Mercedes-Benz. Oliver Turvey recently gave McLaren’s Honda-powered interim car its first appearance. McLaren’s other test driver is Stoffel Vandoorne. » And the final word for the season should go to Eddie Jordan. The former team owner-turned F1 TV pundit threw this hand grenade into the BBC’s post-race F1 Forum by suggesting that Ross Brawn will be back in 2017 running an Audi/VW team. It would be easy to dismiss – but the wily Irishman has been right about seemingly mad suggestions in the past... 12 GPWEEK.com // 12 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: