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2014-04-14 09:52

BUTTON TO BE OUSTED: Ron Dennis could replace veteran driver Jenson Button with a rookie at the end of the 2014 season. Image: AP/ Lai Seng Sin

McLaren  could oust veteran driver Jenson Button at the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season, according to ream boss Ron Dennis.

Dennis told F1's official website that it was his decision to axe Sergio Perez  after a single season and replace him with in-house rookie Kevin Magnussen.

MCLAREN'S YOUNG TALENT

Dane Magnussen (21) has subsequently been hailed by Dennis as having "all the ingredients necessary" to follow in Button's footsteps and win a title.

Dennis said: "The decision to take Kevin (in 2014) was mine. I took the decision because I felt that we needed to see if he could meet the expectations of our engineers, and so far he has done a great job.

"Stoffel Vandoorne did a great job in Bahrain, so I think he will be highly desirable by the end of the season."

Belgian Vandoorne, who is a year older than Magnussen, has been placed by McLaren in GP2 in 2014 and won a race in Bahrain in April.

Vandoorne is driving for ART, after Nicolas Todt's GP2 team entered an agreement to work not only with McLaren but also the team's 2015 engine supplier Honda.

At the same time, Button's contract is up for renewal.

Button said in Bahrain: "I have no worries that a guy in his thirties is as good as a guy in his twenties in a formula one car."

Nonetheless, Dennis admitted it is "possible" McLaren's 2015 lineup could see Magnussen alongside Vandoorne.

Dennis said: "Anything is possible but Jenson is doing a great job.  He is quick and he is dedicated so there is no reason not to stay with Jenson from any perspective.

"But we still have a whole season to go."

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