It’s the end of an era. Bernie Ecclestone exits Formula 1 leadership, Luca di Montezemolo moves on at Ferrari. Claire Williams has firmly grabbed the reins from Sir Frank Williams. Peter Sauber is out of the picture at the Sauber team. Now, Ron Dennis is selling his stake in McLaren.
These are all names that have been synonymous with F1 for decades and now they are passing into the night with only Sir Frank doing so with some level of celebration, respect and honor. Ron’s departure was an ugly affair but he says he’s glad he’s going.
“I am very pleased to have reached agreement with my fellow McLaren shareholders. It represents a fitting end to my time at McLaren, and will enable me to focus on my other interests,” Dennis said.
“I have always said that my 37 years at Woking should be considered as a chapter in the McLaren book, and I wish McLaren every success as it takes the story forward.
“I wish McLaren well, and I send my greatest thanks and best wishes to my colleagues in all corners of its business, and at every level of seniority. Truly, they are the best of the best.
“And, well funded to succeed and grow, and led by an ambitious management team, McLaren is ideally poised to build on the successes that I am so proud to have contributed to during my time leading such a great British group of companies.”
If I’m honest, I’ll miss RonSpeak. I miss the legends of the sport.
Hat Tip: Sky Sport