Anxious Jenson Button to learn his McLaren fate

Ron Dennis, has taken a surprisingly long time deciding whether Button or Magnussen will partner Alonso

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McLaren will today announce their driver line-up for next season after calling a media conference at their technology centre in Woking.

Fernando Alonso will definitely be returning to the team he left in inauspicious circumstances in 2007. But the group chief executive, Ron Dennis, has taken a surprisingly long time deciding whether Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen will partner the Spaniard.

Dennis has been criticised for the delay, having stated at the Italian Grand Prix in September that a decision would be made before the final race of the year in Abu Dhabi in November.

Mika Hakkinen, a double world champion with McLaren, told Swiss newspaper Blick that “what is happening at McLaren is unworthy of such a team”, while the British Racing Drivers’ Club president, Derek Warwick, called McLaren’s treatment of Button “disgusting”.

At stake is the Briton’s 15-season career in Formula One, although it is understood that he has other options should Dennis opt for the young Dane.

The 34-year-old has been lined up for a seat in the World Endurance Championship, with Toyota understood to be leading the pursuers.

Caterham’s administrator says the team are holding talks with “three interested parties” as they try to get back on the F1 roster next season.

The team went into administration in October and did not take part in the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix. However, a crowd-funding initiative proved successful, allowing them to compete in the last race in Abu Dhabi.

Caterham were given further cause for optimism when they were given dispensation to use this year’s car next season, which will make it easier to find a buyer because there will be no pressure to build a new model in time for testing, which begins on 1 February.