F1 » 'Misunderstood' Dennis: F1 got too judgemental

Breaking his silence for the first time since stepping down from the helm of McLaren-Mercedes just under a year ago, Ron Dennis has hit out at the 'judgemental' nature of F1 - and claims that most people have never truly understood him

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January 05, 2010 10:40 AM

“It was a minor indiscretion by junior members of the organisation that got amplified into a bigger issue,” he told Esquire magazine when asked about 'Spygate'. “It wasn't the way it was portrayed. As always, with the passing of time, the truth will come out.

So Mike Coughlin, Alonso and De La Rosa were juniors eh Ron? No matter which way you paint it, you cheated!

What truths does Ron speak of? And why hasnt he told them yet????

Jumper289 - Unregistered

January 05, 2010 11:05 AM

Spoken like a true politician Ron-when you get found out try to pass the buck onto someone else-the Italians have a great saying"A fish always rots from the head"

Ron never could grasp the concept of having a personality and being sucessfull.Many amusing drivers were stiffled by Ronzos corperate,profesionalism at all costs approach.DC is a perfect example,i wasn't aware he had an opinion on anything until he joined Red Bull.

Monty - Unregistered

January 05, 2010 11:50 AM

I know he has done some controversial things over the years and his style in managing drivers has caused problems (though alot of fun and drama if u're a viewer)

But at the end of the day, he did get the job done, his style may not of suited everyone (Mansell and DC are 2 good examples) But he made Mclaren more professional... in his time he managed to help Mclaren get 10 Drivers titles and 7 Constructors Titles (8 had they not been DQ'd in 2007 for the spygate).

What ever he has done, you can't take that away from him, he re-built the team and made F1 alot more professional with his style and personally I think the Spygate incident was a bad way for him to leave F1.

Commodore S - Unregistered

January 05, 2010 12:00 PM

Geez the bloke gives us a short but rare insight to his personal world and people are into him.

What he says about judgemental is spot on.He also has an opinion on matters as we have.

Dario - Unregistered

January 05, 2010 12:27 PM

“I can sit on the pit wall and be serious, focussed and a commentator in another country says, 'oh, look at him, isn't he miserable'"

Heh, I have someone at work that will look at me, see me concentrating on something, have my eye brows lowered as I kind of squint at the computer screen, and ask me why I'm so angry. I don't know whether this is being judgmental, or just plain stupid.


January 05, 2010 12:33 PM

look at the change in mclaren since ron left. why button has even been allowed to keep his face fungus. when ron was there, poor ferdi had to get rid of his sideburns and long hair!
but in reality, ron was probably part of the reason that there was so much bitterness in f1. he wanted it to be run HIS way

2Pac - Unregistered

January 05, 2010 1:52 PM

ron is a legend and imho an ultimate professional.

i'm pleased he's found contentment in his private life. in the end f1 is only a sport, health and family are far more important.

his comments regarding judgemental people are proven by reading some of the posts on this thread. people pontificating on an even of which not all the facts are known.

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