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Jenson Button is named as McLaren driver for 2015

Jenson Button has been named McLaren's driver for 2015 at a press conference at the team's Woking factory on Wednesday, ending months of uncertainty over the Briton's future in the sport.

Button, 34, had been widely expected to be jettisoned by the team at the end of the season, though had been left in limbo in an unseemly saga over his future while McLaren dithered in a series of board meetings.

Ron Dennis, the team's chief executive, and Eric Boullier, the racing director, were understood to have wanted to pair new arrival Fernando Alonso with Kevin Magnussen, who is considerably cheaper and younger than Button.

Honda, who supply McLaren's engines next season, developed an excellent relationship with Button from 2006-08, while it is thought the 2009 world champion's experience will also help smoothe the transition period for the team.