Gian Carlo Minardi, a former F1 team owner and boss, thinks Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Newey might be convinced to switch to McLaren.
At the very least, the British team and its new works partner Honda are undoubtedly on the lookout for a top driver to spearhead the 2015 project.
Even boss Eric Boullier admits the protracted deliberations are unusual for McLaren.
"We are working on the strategy for the driver lineup for the next years," he told reporters on Tuesday.
"For me it's important to say 'years' because we are looking for three years and maybe five years."
Boullier admitted the delay is "uncomfortable" for both Kevin Magnussen and Jenson Button.
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