McLaren change stir up Hamilton and Alonso talk

Tom Stallard

Tom Stallard

Deep into a second consecutive bad Formula 1 season for the grandee team, the changes at McLaren continue with most noticeable sign of the restructuring process at the Woking based team in Hockenheim is that Jenson Button – whose own future in grey racing overalls is also under review – is working with a new race engineer.

If Tom Stallard’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he won a silver medal rowing for Britain in the 2008 olympics. He replaces Dave Robson, who is heading for a factory-based job.

“It’s not about getting rid of people,” Button insists, “it’s moving people to better suited roles or making them feel refreshed. There are people who are being employed as well, because I think we need that.”

The experienced British driver, however, hopes that he will not be affected by the McLaren reshuffle, as the team prepare for their works Honda era, due to begin next year.

Among the highest profile names linked with Button’s seat have been his former McLaren teammate, Lewis Hamilton, and his 2007 team mate, Fernando Alonso.

According to the Hamilton report, the highly-rated Briton might not want to stay at Mercedes in 2015 if his newly re-signed and now highly paid teammate Nico Rosberg is wearing the number ‘1’ on the silver car.

Hamilton played a straight bat to the report at Hockenheim, “I’m very happy in the team and naturally I assume that I’ll sit down with the bosses [with regards to a contract]. It’s very difficult for me to see myself anywhere else but you never know what the future may hold,” Hamilton added.

As for the Alonso report, the Spaniard is famous for being central to Formula 1’s customary ‘silly season’, particularly since he began to show signs of frustration with his continuing struggle to win a title wearing Ferrari red.

“I talk to the president and Mattiacci every day,” he said on Thursday. “There is no news in that regard. The same thing has always happened to me in July, probably since 2003. These questions about contracts, signings and extensions.”

“I haven’t talked to any [other] team, or anything of the sort. It’s not the priority,” added Alonso. (GMM)