• Apr 16, 2009
McLaren F1 doesn't need to cheat to win, but for some reason they keep on doing it – cheating, that is. The team's most recent snafu is being called Liargate, and it has resulted in a McLaren sporting director being sacked, Lewis Hamilton talking of switching teams, Martin Whitmarsh fumbling to right the ship, and everyone expecting the FIA to sock McLaren with a scorching penalty.

The next act in the soap opera involves Ron Dennis. After 43 years in in the sport, the 61-year-old has just announced that he is exiting the company's racing operations, although he is reportedly adamant that the timing of his leaving the team is "purely coincidental." Buzz around the F1 campfire would indicate otherwise, with some suggesting that the move may be designed in part to curry favor with the FIA in hopes of showing the team some mercy during its hearing later this month.

Dennis isn't leaving the McLaren clan altogether, however. He will now work as executive chairman of McLaren automotive, which has been long rumored to be pursuing a new range of sports cars. The first model is still expected to arrive for 2011.

It is a regrettable way for Dennis to end four decades at the second winningest team in F1 history. However, in addition to trying to help the team avoid the FIA's wrath, the move is also expected to make Hamilton and his father much more amenable to remaining in the fold.

[Source: BBC | Image: Clive Mason/Getty]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "...the move is also expected to make Hamilton and his father much more amenable to remaining in the fold."

      Incredible how important Hamilton's father has become. You'd think he was the one driving the car sometimes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        He is Lewis' manager so, yeah, he is pretty important.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty sad to see him go but i could have sworn that earlier in the year he already announced that he would not be taking part in the racing side of McLaren.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I hate to see him go. He had done a lot for the sport, and I hope we can address him as Sir Ron in the near future.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure, he's his manager. But how often have Massa's, or Raikkonen's, or Button's, or Webber's managers or even Willi Webber in the Schumacher days been mentioned explicitly in press releases as people considered important enough that a team would hope they remain in the fold?

      He just seems to have a presence in the media and during TV coverage that seems out of proportion.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Managers are typically family or friends...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I suppose we will never know just how the events unfolded within the McLaren team, but it seems very unfortunate that Ron Dennis has to "take one for the team" for the sake of Hamilton's reputation. Wasn't it Dennis who gave Hamilton his break(s)!
        • 5 Years Ago
        ur probably right but i wonder why no one ever could see it as Merc-Mclaren wanting lewis so much that they would be willing to do anything for him so to spek...but give the guy some credit he's not where he is today solely due to ron dennis he can drive too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't Ron Dennis announce at the beginning of the season that he wouldn't be partaking in the Formula 1 team? This is not NEW news.. sounds like people are just trying to stir up the rumor mill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My thoughts entirely!