Phew! Button to partner Alonso at McLaren
McLaren-Honda has finally, finally revealed its driver line-up for the 2015 Formula One season\: Jenson Button will partner Fernando Alonso.JB's 2014 team-mate Kevin Magnussen, meanwhile, has been confirmed as test and reserve driver.All three men will play crucial roles in re-establishing the ascendancy of one of global sport's most iconic unions, said McLaren in a statement today. McLaren and Honda have already formed one of the most dominant partnerships in motorsport history.McLaren CEO Ron Dennis confirmed that Alonso's contract was secured a little while ago, but negotiations with Button 'took quite a long time'.Make no mistake about it, said Ron, Jenson is 100 per cent committed to McLaren-Honda, to F1, and to winning.Incoming driver, and ex-Ferrari stalwart Fernando Alonso, said\: Over the past year I have received several offers, some of them really tempting, given the current performance of some of the teams that showed interest.But, more than a year ago, McLaren-Honda contacted me and asked me to take part, in a very active way, in the return of their partnership.I am joining this project with enormous enthusiasm and determination, Alonso added, knowing that it may require some time to achieve the results we are aiming for, which is no problem for me.So he's in it for the long haul, then. Button, meanwhile, is happy to be a major player in the McLaren story for next year. Like Fernando, I am certain that McLaren and Honda will achieve great things together, he said.I am very pleased to have been invited to do my bit. In fact, I am absolutely raring to go, he added.Both Alonso and Button were quick to remind us of McLaren-Honda's history, which peaked with the all-conquering McLaren MP4/4 of 1988\: Senna and Prost took 15 of the season's 16 GP wins to secure both drivers' and constructors' titles.I admired Ayrton Senna, said Button, but for me, it was the exploits of Alain Prost that inspired me most as a boy.Alonso, however, is a straight-up Senna man. I have never hidden my deep admiration for Ayrton Senna, my favourite driver, my idol on track, my reference, he said. Reckon McLaren can rekindle some of that Eighties magic?