Being fair to McLaren, they signed KMag with an option for 2015... Very few drivers will be given a three year contract (say) immediately on joining F1 - not even Lewis Hamilton!
Not really cider_and_toast, renewing Buttons contract was a no brainer at every level. His experience and his past relationship with the Japanese. McLaren needed one British driver to satisfy the local fan base and in Buttons case he attracts a huge following in Japan also, so the sponsorship situation gains a huge boost. Kmag is obviously good but he was outscored by Button by a decent margin and considering Button wants to be there for another two seasons I'm not sure Kmag will get a drive with McLaren until 2017. He may well will look elsewhere.Does it highlight a shortage of top top talent among young drivers that so few are being signed on decent deals first time out?
And if Nyck De Vries wins the WSR 3.5 (it will be his first year but he is in the lead DAMs car like KMag was and pretty much walked Eurocup last year) then they both have a problem.If Vandoorne wins GP2, that gives Magnussen a problem too.
I predict that there will be another team with a Honda engine in 2016 but it will have nothing to do with McLaren as I reckon Honda want to get back into F1 as a team and so will buy into a smaller team and build it up and then buy that team outright leaving McLaren as a customer team once again.I'm predicting a second McLaren Honda based team