• Feb 27, 2008

If you thought rumors spread fast among automotive news sites, that's nothing compared to the speculation that spreads like wildfire around racing paddocks. The latest reports suggest that Ron Dennis, who has successfully directed the McLaren F1 team to seven constructors' titles and nine drivers' championships since taking over the team in the early 1980s, has been sacked. Shareholder and engine partner Mercedes-Benz was reportedly angered by Dennis' management of the spy scandal and his failure to secure the championship. Dennis, who recently separated from Lisa, his wife of 22 years and mother of his three children, controls 15% of the McLaren Group, and according to reports, would be replaced by his deputy Martin Whitmarsh.

The reports come from Spanish sports newspaper Marca, which has been highly critical of McLaren since allegations began to surface of the team's mishandling of its ex-driver, Fernando Alonso. According to Marca, however, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes will be confirming the reports shortly.

[Source: F1-Live, Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      One of the biggest choke jobs ever. Sorry big Ron, it cost you your job. Louis Hamilton better win a title before all is said and done or what happened last year will live forever.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Almost forgot this one:

      www.formula1.com
      • 6 Years Ago
      I do receive press releases from McLaren and there has been nothing on this yet. The fact that the news comes out of Spanish papers that do not exactly love McLaren does make this rumour sound like just a rumour. I got a message during the day that Mercedes denied this in German papers yesterday, but also has not seen that.

      But frankly - I would not be that surprised if sooner or later this does happen. Dennis is partly to blame for the big hit his team took last year ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Absolutely nothing about this on any F1 news site this morning, so it's most likely totally false.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      better sites? Well I'm not sure I can plug another site on here, so please delete this post autoblog if it isn't right.

      www.autosport.com is pretty good and feed's much of Speed TV's web content. They have a rumours section (called grapevine). GrandPrix.com isn't bad as well as it has some well respected jurnos inside the paddock - but they dont get everything right....and surprisingly itv-f1.com is good as well. I would also say crash.net is a good site - but they just posted this story(!)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh! Yeah! Ron being sacked: not gonna happen.

      Too bad about his marriage. I am afraid that he has lost the plot a bit after the tumult of last year and needs to reset his life's priorities - whoch shouldn't include beating the Scuderia at all costs!

      IMHO
      • 6 Years Ago
      you can't trust the Spaniards. They're nothing but a bunch of racist pigs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I LOVE that irony!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw this on another rumor-monger site, and as usual, even that site took the story as true.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Something tells me that this story would be huge in the UK yet the sports section of the BBC's website has nothing on it. So I don't believe it either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      As if I'd believe a Spanish newspaper on any story relating to McLaren. I'm surprised they didn't add that Dennis was standing down in order to take up his place at the right hand of the Devil...
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