• Mar 15, 2011
As head of the McLaren Group, Ron Dennis has been responsible for some devastatingly fast cars. Like the iconic McLaren F1 supercar, and the new MP4-12C that succeeds it – not to mention countless championship-challenging grand prix cars. Unfortunately for Ron, though, he won't be able to drive any of them. At least not on the road, anyway, and not for the next six months.

According to reports, Dennis has had his license suspended for half a year after exceeding the number of demerit points allowed. The needle that broke the proverbial camel's back was a recent occurrence in which Dennis drove through a red light.

The McLaren chairman reportedly admitted having gone through the traffic light, claiming that he needed to do so in order to avert a collision with a friend's car following behind, but unsuccessfully argued that he needed his license for his work and family life. If only McLaren had any skilled drivers – say, a couple of former world champions, for example – to chauffeur Dennis around until he gets his license back.

[Source: Autosport]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      "If only McLaren had any skilled drivers – say, a couple of former world champions, for example – to chauffeur Dennis around until he gets his license back."

      Comments like that are one of the million reasons he ran his own F1 team, and you never will. It was a joke? Oh, ok, it wasn't funny. Sufficient allocation of resources would dictate that having your highly paid F1 drivers chauffeur anyone would be a very bad idea. Besides, F1 drivers do not always make the best road car drivers. The last person I would want driving me on the road is an F1 ace.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an idiot. This guy has access to drive any of his cars on a track at anytime and he chooses to drive like an idiot on public roads. No sympathy for him.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "I broke the law on purpose because my friend and I were driving like morons" probably isn't generally a good defense.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh come on- I don't know how traffic laws are in the UK, but I know that here in the US there is not a single driver who doesn't break a myriad of traffic laws every time he or she goes somewhere. ...You too, slow drivers: I don't want to hear any protests because you are constantly lagging in the passing lane

        Throw in a public figure and a judge looking to make a point and you have the situation you see above.

      • 3 Years Ago
      Money can't buy brains ... that work.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the hypocritical comments on here! Slamming Ron because "he should know better" and "he's a jerk on the road" (how the hell do you know that?!) and saying that the reason he speeds is because he's rich and thinks he's above the law. Wow.... really ppl?! I'll bet all of you have had at least one ticket... if you had you're all hypocrites, and jealous I might add. Having had my license suspended as well I can sympathize with Ron. I do not condone speeding or breaking the law in any way, but can really understand the urge to speed. If you were put in the position of having access to all these supercars don't tell me you would never think of speeding!

      Ps. If you have been driving for over 5 yrs and don't have one speeding ticket, I really question your car enthusiasm. Btw, I haven't had a ticket in 2 years so don't try and lambast me lol
        • 3 Years Ago
        4fifty8,

        Well for the record I've been driving for 6 years and have 0 tickets/accidents. And I don't mean that as bragging at all, just combating your point. I'm very enthusiastic about cars and driving, but I know how to keep common sense in check and not be a jerk on the road either.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I just don't think he's setting a very good example. I might have to reconsider buying a MP4-12C.
      • 3 Years Ago
      THIS IS MADNESS!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This goes to show that McLaren owners will be purchasing a car brought about by a guy who KNOWS how to have fun. What exciting person follows all the rules? Not one that I know.
      • 3 Years Ago
      altough one of my favourites guys in the whole automotive history, Ron Denis is no less then a jurk on the road! Sad...
      • 3 Years Ago
      it would probably be worth mentioned that you are talking about the drivers license, not just "the license".
        • 3 Years Ago
        obviously it could also refer to his license to kill.
        • 3 Years Ago
        right, because 'license' could be mistaken for so many other things on a auto website.....
        • 3 Years Ago
        So we are not talking about his Hunting or Fishing license here? Ohh.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh wow, imagine that - even the rich & powerful are held accountable in Europe?? Say whaaa??

      This would NEVER happen in this country...ever. Rich = free pass here...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't worry, we may pursue everyone for driving offences, but bankers still get off Scott free for crashing our economy and giving themselves bonuses as a lovely reward (with the help of their best buddies in government who put on a strong face then just go soft on them, whatever side of the political spectrum).
      • 3 Years Ago
      This usually happens to a lot of wealthy and egotistical people.
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