Ron Dennis To Announce His Retirement This Week!

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Ron Dennis
According the the Sunday Times, Ron Dennis will announce his departure from McLaren sometime this week.

In a story carried by Planet F-1, Ron Dennis, while under no pressure from current McLaren shareholders, will announce his departure from McLaren. I am still struck as to a wholesale departure since he is a stockholder but perhaps he will announce that he is stepping down as team principle but retaining his Chairman position.

If he is completely removed from all three posts at McLaren, then I would surmise that Mercedes indeed did force him out. If he retains a position that sees less requirements on a daily basis from Ron, then I would say it was a joint decision. I truly want to give Ron the benefit of the doubt and suggest that perhaps this divorce is looming very heavy on his mind and that he wants to, at 61, spend time with his family. There is nothing wrong with that but it is odd that a man who arguably is one of the most powerful in F1 would walk away from it all. A man who spent his life in F1 and created an empire would find it hard to just stop completely. I suspect some very difficult shareholder meetings. No matter what I think of Ron in this past year; I am saddened by the prospect of his departure from F1. I would not wish this result on anyone, especially Ron. That being said, I have been stunned at his actions this past year and would understand Mercedes seeking a new direction.

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BobHereYo

Once again NegCamb well written/said. This is big business and we see the ousting, stepping down, removal, etc. of executives in every type of business around the world—why is McClaren F1 any different? It’s not, and Ron’s team under his watch caused all these problems for their team, their sport, their owners/partners and more importantly their sponsors who without them there would be no McClaren F1. You have to wonder if Ron is going to face legal issues (do they have some strong evidence?) and has been asked to leave because it will pull the team down into the muck… Read more »

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I admit this is an very out there thought but I thought I would share it all the same. Could Ron be getting a divorce to save part of his assets in the case of a criminal and/or civil suit against him. Clearly if Ron was paid big bucks by McClaren F1 and misused team funds towards industrial espionage that Vodaphone or another sponsor may choose to file a civil suit against Ron Personally. Would they be able to do that? Vodaphone and Mercedes could site damage in the multi-multi millions of their world wide image you would think Hey… Read more »

Negative Camber
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I have wondered something similar Bob. I am no expert on British law, divorce law or business law but this all seems very odd to me. There could be a host of reasons for this. Vodafone could most definitely file suit that their contract with Macca was void and they are due a refund because of the brand equity damage and unethical behavior that Macca displayed in Stepneygate. Mercedes probably not so much as they are part owners. If Ron knows that he lied and the Italians have something on him that will end up in litigation under criminal law… Read more »

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Huge divorce settlements in England & Wales & N.Ireland (Scotland has a seperate law system which is superior) are rare as there have only been a few in recent years. We’ve managed to get a grip on reality and shackle over-zealous lawyers in the pursuit of their own wealth. Atlhough the McCarthy/Heather Mills thing might just set a whole new benchmark. Back on topic; I think its a terribly sad day for F1 if Ron does retire. I’ve read a few F1 books over the years and he keeps on appearing and influencing the sport. Starting out as a 19yr… Read more »

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BobHereYo

Hey on another note, Do you think Hamilton’s Golden Boy Status may lose some of it’s shine now that Father Ron is gone from the F1 Team?

Negative Camber
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Bob, I doubt it. Mercedes and the entire McLaren organization know just what they have in Lewis; a second coming. He is the real thing and mega talented. Everyone in F1 knows that. Lewis is the man! Anthony may have a more difficult time managing his career in McLaren as Ron took a personal interest in seeing things done but Lewis is there to stay. Rover, Ron and McLaren did this to themselves and got caught. I would shutter to think what would have happened to Ferrari if tables were turned. Ferrari is doing what they should do irrespective of… Read more »

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BobHereYo

I must admit is will not be the same this year…not seeing the pit wall shots of Ron Dennis and Jean Todt with the tape protecting his nail bitten fingers. All I have to say is…at least we have Flavio!!! Bravo Bravo Flavo Flavo!

Negative Camber
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Flavor Flav! WE still have Patrick Head, Sir Frank and the coy Dr. Mario. That’s all good. I will miss Ron if he indeed retires. Contrary to my rants; I do like Ron very much.

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BobHereYo

I did forget that we do have Ross Brawn back again so hopefully he is quotable….if we are depending on Patrick (angry man) Head and Frank (Horse Voice) and Dr. (Mr. Analytical) Mario we definitely need new team boss blood. I am surprised we don’t see and hear more from Gerhard Berger.

Frantic
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im telling you now the forst newspaper to run the head line “where did it all go wRONg” is getting there ass kicked. you know its gonna happen.

Negative Camber
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And Christian Horner, Bob. I like him as well. We need Eddie Jordan!!!!

BobHereYo
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BobHereYo

Does Christian Horner Speak? I know they show him on the pit wall all the time but does he really say anything? Yes we do need Eddie Jordan back!

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WonkyDave

Dear Mr. Negative Camper (aka – Lewis Lover), Christian Horner? Eddie Jordan? Dr. Mario? Have you lost what litle sanity you possess? I have the answer. Put Jackie Stewart in a motorized scooter and let him buzz up and down the grid and pit lane until he spots a camera and let him interrupt every interview he sees in progress so he can get his aging, but happy, plaid ass on TV. Who among us doesn’t need a healthy dose of plaid wisdom? I know it will be a special race if I hear Slur Jackie spit out, “Eet’s a… Read more »