The long wait is finally over. As the dead of winter approached, the eyes of Formula 1 fans around the world were glued on McLaren, the only team still to announce its driver line-up for 2015, as bigwigs in Woking wrestled with the dilemma of who should partner prodigal son Fernando Alonso - Jenson Button or Kevin Magnussen?
After repeated delays, that debate was finally resolved this week as McLaren opted to offer Button a two-year deal to remain in Woking as a race driver, while relegating Magnussen to "reserve, test and third driver" status.
The McLarens were often close on-track, but not on the scoresheet © LAT
Button put pen to paper late on Wednesday, and hours later the Brit was sat alongside new team-mate Alonso, Magnussen, Honda motorsport boss Yasuhisa Arai, and McLaren chairman Ron Dennis, as McLaren-Honda's 2015 driver line-up was unveiled to the world's media at last.