Jenson Button is optimistic ahead of the 2015 season, after he was confirmed as a McLaren driver alongside Fernando Alonso today.

Alonso signed for the team a few months ago, but McLaren struggled to decide on his team-mate as they enter a new era with engine suppliers Honda.

Rumours suggest that Honda wanted Button, but Ron Dennis preferred Kevin Magnussen. Button has been retained ahead of the Dane, who is the team’s test and reserve driver.

The Englishman said: “Like Fernando, I am certain that McLaren and Honda will achieve great things together. And I feel sure that, working together, all of us will pull incredibly hard to create a brilliantly effective winning team.

“Being a part of the new-look McLaren-Honda is a wonderful opportunity for all of us, and I am very pleased to be invited to do my bit. In fact I am absolutely raring to go.

“I am also very glad that Kevin will remain part of the team. He is a very quick driver and a really nice guy.”

Button and Alonso are said to be the best team-mate partnership in the sport.

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