The speculation swirling in Singapore on Thursday was McLaren along with future engine partner Honda are eying a possible Fernando Alonso- Jenson Button partnership for 2015.
With the recent announcement of Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari some believe it could spur Alonso to change his future plans despite having a contract with Ferrari until 2016, indeed some believe talks between the two parties are already underway.
The last time Alonso was at McLaren, back in 2007, the Spaniard left after one year following a tumultuous relationship with then rookie team-mate Lewis Hamilton, however, in The Sun, asked if he would have Alonso back team boss Martin Whitmarsh said: "Yes, if I could."
On Thursday Jenson Button confirmed he would stay at McLaren for 2014 though all the talk is about who will be at the Woking-based team when Honda arrive back in F1 a year later.
Some believe the delay in the announcement is to keep the heat away from Button's team-mate Sergio Perez and Button denied the talk of a possible Alonso return was rampant even inside the McLaren garages.
"There hasn't been a word, that's the honest truth," reported in the Independent newspaper. "But I think it (being paired with Alonso) would be quite exciting."
Asked about the focus by McLaren to get things right in preparation for the Honda return in 2015, Button replied:
"It's a different situation with partners," he admitted. "It may be to do with the funding, but I don't have a worry in the world about my future with this team."
Despite that some are anticipating the prospect of an Alonso- Button partnership and believe both Honda and McLaren would be willing to pay handsomely to achieve that, some are even wondering if a move would entice former partner Santander back to McLaren who moved with Alonso to Ferrari in 2010 and would help pay for the Spaniard's move.
"We want a winning driver from day one," the Spanish newspaper Marca quotes a Honda insider as saying.
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