• Oct 22nd 2007 at 4:03PM
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Ah scapegoating, the last refuge of the defeated. This season McLaren got caught red-handed (pardon the pun) and lost the constructor's championship. Then its poor reliability and performance meant that neither of the team's incredibly talented pilots could lock up the driver's title, either. Rather than look inwards to find cause for his team's enormous disappointment, team principal Ron Dennis is pointing his finger. And he's pointing in our direction.

"The internet is an unregulated source of information that is a nuissance." That's what Dennis had to say. "It has added to the pressure on our team." Ron went on a bit, but that's pretty much the gist of it. Feel free to follow the link to find out how else we and our ilk screwed things up for McLaren.

(For those not yet sufficiently entertained, Autosport is reporting that McLaren mechanics made Dennis a fake trophy.)

Don't blame us, Ron. Blame Al Gore. After all, he invented the internet.

[Source: F1-live]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I could probably find this with a quick Google search, but has anyone actually calculated what McLaren constructor points would have been if they had not been taken away by the FIA?

      I'm just curious because with Lewis's total of 4 for the last 2 races, and both Ferrari's finishing strong for the end of the season, what would have happened.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Ferrari 204, McLaren 203 (total includes 15 subtracted at Hungary)
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, Ferrari has 204 points at the end and McLaren would have 203 (if they weren't excluded). McLaren could've ended up with 218 points if they've managed to successfully appeal the Huguary disaster.
        • 7 Years Ago
        McLaren would have over 200 and Ferrari would have 184...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Grow a pair.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Both McLaren drfivers were involvd in driver decision errors. hamilyon wnpent off course and Alonso elected to change a setting. Neither event caused by the McLaren organization.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm sure the internet was responsible for Hamilton's tires shredding in China and also caused him to go wide around Alonso in Brazil.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somebody should tell him - the Internet is not a truck that you can just dump stuff on, it's a series of tubes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It is probably safe to say - I think - that the internet affects all teams and drivers to the same extent relative to the size of their fan base and position in the Championship.

      Except Ron and Martin, who eschew all things digital...and they're making next year's ECU!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would argue whether or not the McLaren drivers should have even been in the hunt for the championship. I still do not understand why all the constructors points where taken away and the drivers where left alone. I understand the drivers where clueless (maybe) but they still gaind the supposed benefit of the Ferrari info.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Because that's the deal they struck with the FIA for blowing the whistle.

        Direct quote from the council decision:
        "The Sporting Code (Article 152) provides that removal of the manufacturers' points also entails removal of the drivers' points, barring exceptional circumstances. We believe that to be the case in that the drivers were given immunity; they therefore will not lose their points. Therein lies the exceptional circumstance. It is our belief that, without making that offer to the drivers, we would not have received the information that we had today."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Don't you think thats a little lame though?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Erm guys...
      You might be able to read what he actually said on this 'internet' thing, somewhere...
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      You know, if he'd just run his team as a no. 1 an no. 2 driver race TEAM instead of a crew of cut-throats out for individual glory, this season would have turned out MUCH differently.

      You reap what you sow, Ron.
        • 7 Years Ago
        But that would have meant either letting satan's spawn win the title 5 rounds ago or letting the biggest cry baby in F1 to win the title. I really can't decide who to favour in that instance...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ron is a control freak and the internet, being controllable only by it's inventor (hot gases alert Gore) totally freaks out Ron.

      Speaking of Al...

      Let's see PV=nrT so if AL get's much bigger (V), we'll have another source of global warming to consider that is outside the Kyoto Protocol.
        • 7 Years Ago
        F1 is a business and controlling bad press is what businesses do. It isn't just confined to F1 and Ron.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Autoblog, I think Ron was blaming rumours circulating through the internet for the mess between Alonso and the team, not for outright loss of the title, which is partially true with all the junk flying around (especially through Spanish Media).

      "Dennis again blamed the growth of the Internet for increasing tensions between Alonso and the team", quoted from autosport, is completely different from "Dennis blames internet media for losing F1 title".

      Moving on,

      "Of course, I am not critical at all of the media. It just makes it so hard because everything is so instantaneous. You are just spending too much time trying to correct the inaccuracies that come into the system. That puts pressures on the team." Inaccuracies like this blog post.

      I'm not a McLaren fan, but what he's saying is true. The fact that your blog makes it seem like he's blaming the media for the failure for either of McLaren's drivers to capture a driver's title is case in point.

      And as Ron said, "But we will not in any shape or form say that this pressure has had anything to do with the fact that we had this problem (Hamilton's gearbox problem) today."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Good to see one or two people on this site can still think for themselves.
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