McLaren want Hamilton and Button to stay

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, Martin Whitmarsh (GBR) McLaren Chief Executive Officer and Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren. McLaren MP4-26 Launch, Kaisersaal, Berlin, Germany, 4 February 2011.

Martin Whitmarsh wants to hang on to both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button

Jun.23 (GMM) Team principal Martin Whitmarsh has indicated that McLaren is hoping to keep the same driver lineup for the near future.

There has been speculation in recent days not only about Lewis Hamilton courting Red Bull, but also about his current teammate Jenson Button being sized up by Ferrari.

Red Bull’s Helmut Marko, however, dismissed the Hamilton link this week by saying the 2008 World Champion dropped into the team’s motor home in Canada probably only for “a (can of) Red Bull”.

And it is believed McLaren also wants to keep its other former world champion Button by offering him a pay increase.

“We’re very fortunate to have two different drivers that are great in the team and great with one another,” team boss Whitmarsh told reporters. “We’ll talk about the future when the time comes. At the moment, we’re not planning on having a different driver lineup.”