McLaren could choose Stoffel Vandoorne to step up into a full-time race cockpit for 2017 F1, as well as some strong source reported that F1 veteran Jenson Button will switch to Williams F1 in order to continue his long career.
The Belgian, strongly backed by the McLaren F1 team, made an impressive debut in Bahrain Grand Prix, where Fernando Alonso sat out the race with chest injuries.
Alonso is secured in a three-year deal through 2017, the Button’s contract is up at the end of the current season with the Vandoorne hopeful tipped as his likely replacement for next season.
No rush to decide on 2017 F1 drivers – McLaren Chairman Ron Dennis
“We are not even going to talk about drivers until after Monza,” Dennis told Sky Sports News.
“We will have a board meeting towards the end of September, which is a logical time to make a decision, but we might not even take one then.
“What we won’t do is hamper anyone’s career. At the moment we have a young and aspiring driver, two tremendous world champions, and as and when we have to talk about it we will take everything into consideration.
“But right now we are barely halfway through the season. The most inappropriate thing we could possibly do is start talking about decisions like that which impact on next year. It’s just too early.”
Button could replace Massa at Williams 2017
Jenson Button, now 36, made his F1 debut as a teenager in 2000 with Williams and now trusted reports suggest that he could end his career at the Grove team, replacing Massa from 2017.
Button previously told F1i.com that he was open to another seat next year and has recently drawn interest from his former team Williams.