F1 » Dennis: Mercedes split is 'win-win'

Ron Dennis has confirmed that the decision to sever ties with Mercedes was a response to continued 'takeover' requests.

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April 17, 2010 7:04 AM
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It's believable since it has been reported for a while that Merc wanted to control McLaren and how car manufactures are total control freaks.

It wouldn't be a surprise that the bad press McLaren has been getting the last couple of years made Merc get their own team sooner rather than later.

But I say good for McLaren. I'm in the camp that believe F1 is better off with independent constructor teams like Mclaren, Williams, etc instead of manufactures who will fold out of F1 in tough times like Honda, Toyota, BMW etc.

To me the ideal situation would be for manufactures to only be engine suppliers. Ferrari is the only manufacture that will never leave F1.

JET - Unregistered

April 17, 2010 8:10 AM

I think f1 loses much of it's appeal without manufacturer support. And as mclaren will soon be producing their own car(possibly even their own engine) they will be a manufacturer in due course too!
So where does that leave them?

F1 needs grandee names like mercedes and Ferrari whatever you think.


April 17, 2010 12:24 PM

FERRARI grandee name? It's the grandest/the greatest, can never be matched not even if Mclaren starts producing cars and engines today as FERRARI will be about sixty years faster and nonstop at that!

cknopp - Unregistered

April 18, 2010 4:39 AM

I really don't care that the "disagree posse" is gonna pound me for saying this, but F1 does NOT need Ferrari nor McLaren. In fact, if you look at what kind of F1 2010 cars we would have had if FOTA would have gotten their heads out of the sand, it becomes obvious.

If Ferrari would have sat out 2010 after winning the WCC in 2007 in court, throwing away Massa's title in 2008, and having a DOG of a car in 2009, I think that sitting out would have crushed their fanbase.

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