Ahead of the twentieth anniversary of Ayrton Senna’s death, Ron Dennis gave a candid account of the most famous driver who ever sat in one of his cars.
“If you can’t afford to be in Formula One, don’t be in Formula One. There’s lots of other categories you can go motor racing in.”
Ron Dennis says Jenson Button has traits that reminds him of Ayrton Senna. But he singled out Button’s intelligence as his key weapon for the coming season.
Ron Dennis has returned to the role of McLaren Group chief executive officer, a position Martin Whitmarsh has held for the past five years.
Ron Dennis says McLaren could have kept Lewis Hamilton in its team for 2013.
First of all, thanks to everyone who posted updates on the previous article about McLaren getting a suspended sentence following the Hamilton/Trulli controversy. (As I mentioned on Twitter earlier, I’ve been out of the country for the last two days and have only just had chance to catch up on the news.) What caught my … Continue reading Does McLaren’s suspended sentence signal an end to hostilities with the FIA?
The timing of Ron Dennis’s announcement that he is stepping down as CEO of McLaren Racing is bound to provoke speculation that it is a consequence of the FIA’s latest investigation of the team. But could Lewis Hamilton and father/manager Anthony have played a role in Dennis’s departure? Or did he quit in the hope … Continue reading The explanations for Dennis’s departure
The Times put together a Sporting Power 100 over the last six weeks. Six names made it onto the list, which focussed on “most influential people today in British sport.” Who made the list and, just as important, who didn’t?
Ron Dennis is stepping down as McLaren team principal. Here’s how he turned the team Bruce McLaren founded into one of the most successful in F1.
McLaren boss Ron Dennis gave the annual Watkins lecture at Autosport International yesterday. He was interviewed at length by veteran commentator Murray Walker for around an hour. One of the most interesting moments came when he discussed how he managed the rivalry between Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso in 2007, and how it compared to … Continue reading Ron Dennis on how the Hamilton-Alonso row compared to Senna and Prost
Nigel Mansell fans would probably like to forget the embarrassing end to his career in 1995 with McLaren. After sponsors Marlboro encouraged Ron Dennis to sign the star, Mansell missed the first two races because he couldn’t fit in the car. Once that was sorted he only appeared for the team twice before refusing to … Continue reading How the end of Nigel Mansell’s F1 career led to the start of Lewis Hamilton’s
Fernando Alonso has continued his criticism of former team McLaren Fernando Alonso has sparked fresh debate about his controversial season with McLaren last year by making several critical remarks about the team in recent interviews. I think he’s starting to sound a bit like Niki Lauda and David Coulthard… Alonso on McLaren Before the Hungarian … Continue reading Fernando Alonso criticises McLaren again
Robert Kubica scored his maiden Grand Prix win for BMW this weekend. But if someone at Renault had been paying better attention four years ago he could have been driving for them instead. He’s not the only top driver to have slipped through the fingers of a top team early in his career. For a … Continue reading Kubica, Schumacher and Hamilton: Why they are ‘the ones who got away’
A mistake by Bridgestone, Formula 1’s sole tyre supplier, created additional problems for McLaren this weekend. Even before the race got underway the Japanese manufacturer was openly admitting it had brought the wrong choice of compounds. It chose the same combination of medium and hard tyres it brought last year, despite the race being much … Continue reading Did Bridgestone compromise McLaren?
Ron Dennis and Max Mosley have never been the best of friends. Mosley once said of Dennis: Ron has no role in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship apart from that granted him, in common with other teams, by the Concorde Agreement. Unfortunately he find all this rather difficult to understand. Several years later, and … Continue reading Dominoes
When Robert Kubica put his BMW second on the grid at Melbourne I asked just how fast are BMW – and quite a few of you were cautious not to predict big things for them on the strength of one qualifying performance. Now three races in they’ve had their first pole position and are leading … Continue reading Are BMW championship contenders?
I’m officially sick of the Max Mosley thing. He claims to have, “received a very large number of messages of sympathy and support from those within the FIA and the motor sport and motoring communities.” Well since then BMW, Mercedes, Honda, Toyota, the German and Dutch motor sports organisations and many individuals including former champions … Continue reading Ron Dennis speaks, Max Mosley sues
Dennis insists he will not quit – Ron Dennis refutes rumours about his future saying he will not step down from McLaren. He apparently held a meeting with the team staff to tell them before flying out to Melbourne. More here. Late start won’t save GP says Ecclestone – The Australian Grand Prix organisers offered … Continue reading F1 news review: Dennis not quitting
The Sunday Times claims Ron Dennis will hand over the role of chief executive at McLaren to Martin Whitmarsh this week. According the newspaper Dennis had planned to relinquish his role in the team at the end of 2007 but postponed the change because of the espionage affair. The story alleges Dennis’s decision to step … Continue reading New rumours say Ron Dennis to quit this week
Every major British newspaper has at least one Formula 1 story in it today – and they aren’t good news for the sport. McLaren boss Ron Dennis’s home has been raided as the spygate investigations intensify. Two days ago a report in Spanish newspaper Marca alleged Mercedes were on the verge of taking over McLaren … Continue reading Spygate and racism: F1 back in the news (updated)