In a move that’s no doubt going to be seen by some as a ‘falling on the sword’ tactic to take the heat from the team, Ron Dennis has spectacularly quit Formula One after more than forty years in the business.
Dennis insisted that his decision had nothing to do with the recent scandal that’s rocking McLaren – in the form of Lewis Hamilton apparently misleading race stewards by informing them that he wasn’t told to allow Truilli to pass him under safety car conditions.
Unfortunately, other rumours abound that Dennis hasn’t been getting on too well with Hamilton’s dad – a big problem given how close the father and son are, especially when the father is the manager of the World Champ!
Other statements to come out from the FIA state that Dennis leaving McLaren won’t have an impact on their hearing – which takes place on April 29th.
Whatever you personally think of Ron Dennis – and there’s no doubt he was and continues to be a divisive character in the industry – you can’t help but feel that on this occasion he was pushed from his chairmanship position (now to be taken over by Richard Lapthorne).
Of course, it’s not like Dennis is going to be joining the dole queue. He’s off to take charge of McLaren’s road car division, so you’ll still be hearing from him and perhaps, just perhaps, actually getting in a vehicle that he’s had something to do with, unlike the team’s F1 car.