“I think I’m much better at nurturing relationships between teammates now.”
TAG Heuer will continue to supply the official timepiece for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, but that’s not all…
Ron Dennis has declared defiantly that McLaren can thrive without those who do not bleed ‘rocket red’ blood.
Still the ‘supremo’ of the entire company, Dennis declared this week that – with Martin Whitmarsh now in charge – he has now “moved on” from his F1-dedicated days. But the Financial Times insists that Dennis, 65, is still firmly involved; consenting to Lewis Hamilton’s departure and now musing the potential loss of McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe, also to Mercedes.
The strong rumours of a McLaren versus Mercedes struggle for the services of top engineer Paddy Lowe continued to develop on Thursday.
Ron Dennis has hit back at suggestions Lewis Hamilton simply chose Mercedes over McLaren for his future.
Dennis, the Woking based company’s ‘supremo’ who groomed Briton Hamilton from child prodigy to world champion, is understood to have fallen out badly with the 27-year-old as the two sides negotiated a new deal.
Business Secretary Vince Cable helped present the 2012 McLaren Manufacturing Challenge trophy to this year’s winning school.
The McLaren Manufacturing Challenge is an annual competition designed to raise the profile and help improve the image of high-tech manufacturing and engineering. Schools are challenged to come up with inventive designs for model cars that, just as in Formula 1, must comply with strict regulations, but be as fast as possible. The cars can be as complicated and as ingenious as the teams like, but the challenge is simple – to cover a 10 metre track as quickly as possible, but without using any form of motor.
Ron Dennis is supportive of Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes next year, the 2008 world champion insists.
Earlier, it was believed the pair were not even on speaking terms, with Dennis reportedly furious Hamilton had decided against staying with McLaren in 2013 despite his long connection with the famous British team.
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is hoping to sign off at McLaren on speaking terms with his former mentor Ron Dennis.
Dennis, the former team boss and still the chairman of the McLaren group of companies, groomed Hamilton through the junior ranks and gave him his F1 debut in 2007. But reports suggest the pair had not exchanged a word since it was announced that Hamilton is jumping ship to Mercedes in 2013.
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