It had to happen eventually. After several years of head to head confrontation between Ron Dennis of McLaren and F1’s Bernie Ecclestone and Max Moseley, the split has finally come. Ron Dennis has completely split from any involvement with Formula 1 and will concentrate on manufacturing the revolutionary new McLaren sports car, with a reported initial investment of £250 million into a difficult economic environment.
McLaren team principle Martin Whitmarsh will take over all sporting responsibilities, amidst controversial times following the incident where McLaren misled the stewards about events at the Australian Grand Prix.
Ron Dennis has had significant involvement in Formula 1 over the last 43 years and during 28 years at McLaren saw the team win ten driver titles and seven constructor titles. Most recently he spotted Lewis Hamilton and supported him during his rise through karting to eventually become Formula 1 world champion driver last year.
He fought hard for McLaren, commanding great respect, but many of the people he was involved with found their relationship to be difficult. It can be summed up by the quote attributed to Martin Whitmarsh saying that “There will, inevitably, be some things I will miss about him and I won’t miss other things about him”.
We wish him well with his new enterprise to build a revolutionary new sports car and the significant positive impact that will have on the UK car industry.