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2014-11-11 07:54

ALONSO'S FUTURE IN F1: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso says he's not too concerned if he does not have a seat signed for 2015. Image: AFP / Alexander Nemenov

LONDON, England - Fernando Alonso is set to join McLaren, with the former two-time world champion's move due to be confirmed before the season-ending 2014 Abu Dhabi GP on November 23, according to a report by Autosport magazine.

In October 2014, Luca de Montezemolo, the outgoing chief of Ferrari, said Alonso would leave the Italian team at the end of 2014, two years before his contract expires, because of their failure to provide him with a car where he could challenge for a third world title.

Alonso finished sixth at the 2014 Brazilian GP (Nov 9) and is fifth in the overall Drivers' standings.

WHAT ABOUT BUTTON?

Even with the innovation of double-points for the season's climax in the UAE, there is no way he can close the gap on the Mercedes' leading duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Autosport added that the only reason why Alonso's move to McLaren, for whom he drove in one turbulent season in 2007, had not yet been confirmed was because the team had still to decide on which of its two current drivers, Jenson Button and Kevin Magnusson, would remain to pilot its other car.

Button, after finishing fourth at the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo, said he was still in the dark regarding McLaren's driver line-up for 2015.

Button said: "I enjoyed the race and had a great battle with Kimi (Raikkonen).

"To beat both Red Bulls, both Ferraris and a Williams is not a bad day's work. But that's all I can do right now -- go out and enjoy my racing," the 34-year-old Briton added.

In October 2014, champion Sebastien Vettel announced he was quitting Red Bull, with whom he was won four successive world titles.

That led to reports that he was being lined up for a move to Ferrari, F1's most iconic team.

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