Woking, England - McLaren killed off any summer speculation on Tuesday by announcing that the team will keep the same Formula One driver lineup of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz next year.
Norris, 19, had been expected to be confirmed after the best debut by a Briton since Lewis Hamilton in 2007 while Spaniard Sainz was already on a multi-year deal after joining from Renault at the end of last year.
No salary details were given, although the team indicated Norris, the youngest ever British Formula One driver, would be earning the same wages as before.
"They are the future for this team," McLaren principal Andreas Seidl told reporters at the team's Woking factory, adding that Norris had successfully made it through his 'probation time'.
"We want to develop together...and at the same time hopefully we can make the same progress on the team side as well, giving them the right machine."