F1 » Dennis: Never say never to Alonso return

Ron Dennis refuses to rule out the possibility of Fernando Alonso one day making a return to McLaren

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December 17, 2013 10:44 AM

Ron - "One has to recognise the first objective of any grand prix team is to win races"

It's a shame that your first objective in 2007 wasn't winning races, the objective was WHO was winning the races. The blatant favouritism of Lulu was bad for Alonso, bad for McLaren and has ultimately proved to be bad for Lulu.
A content Alonso would have delivered the 2007 championship with ease, McLaren would have won the constructors championship and not been hit with a $100m fine, and Lulu might not have turned into the complete pimadonna we see today.
Ron backed the wrong driver and all the noises coming out of McLaren regarding their willingness to see Alonso return suggests that Ron knows he backed the wrong driver.


December 17, 2013 11:07 AM

Bloody hell, Alonso tried to blackmail Ron? That is pretty poor thing to do just because a rookie was given the same status as Alonso to race on equal terms.

Anyway why would McLaren bring a double world champion to too their team to race a rookie on equal terms? The mind boggles. Not unless they thought the rookie was of the highest calibre which then maybe one could understand Ron's thinking, but to try to blackmail a team principal has be one of the lowest acts in f1 history, even worse than Senna deliberately taking out Prost I 90.

Anyway it seems that McLaren made a good choice in keeping the rookie as he not only went onto finish above Alonso In the same car he then went on to be crowned WDC the next year , that Ron he sure knows a winner.

Poor old Jenson cant be enjoying all the rumours of Whitmarsh going to Spain to see Alonso or now hearing Ron say he would have Alonso back.


December 17, 2013 11:18 AM

@Spice I think it was more that Ron et al promised Alonso one thing but ended up giving him another entirely. No.1 driver status isn't just at title, it's a genuine preference in the team.

I think after Hamilton's split with McLaren they have to be thinking to themselves that they messed up with Alonso. Had they given him the preference he was promised then they possibly could have won more world championships than the one that Hamilton did.


December 17, 2013 11:33 AM
Last Edited 862 days ago

Wow, I thought McLaren were talking up Alonso IN SPITE of Dennis. The tables seemed to have turned quite a bit. In 2008 who would have thought about the possibility of Hamilton out and Alonso in at McLaren???

I guess Ron is finally realizing he may have to put his ego aside to get McLaren another championship anytime soon. He has a LONG history of miss managing drivers. Most drivers seem to run away from the team rather than leave on good terms.

If McLaren had supported Alonso as much as they did Lewis in 2007 they would have won WDC AND WCC, instead they lost both titles and the next year only won WDC instead of both. There is a reason why no rookie has ever won the WDC in F1 and Lewis proved to be no different. ALL involved would have been better off if Lewis learned from the 2x WDC (Alonso), with Alonso wining WDC, Mclaren WCC and Lewis 2nd in WDC (which he was anyway)....... continued below......


December 17, 2013 11:53 AM

Nah. Just Ron messing with Ferrari's head. Keep things unstable following the recent revelations that Alonso's quest to leave Ferrari had more legs than first thought. Why else make a statement like this immediately after signing your drivers other than to plant seeds?


December 17, 2013 11:54 AM

@ Zebb

As if you say, Ron promised Alonso one thing and did another what would have changed Ron's mind ? Are you saying that Ron brought the reigning 2xwdc to Mclaren knowing that he was only doing so to tell Alonso one thing and then do another pre Alonso's arrival , it does not make sense. I do believe Lewis surprised not only Alonso but Mclaren with his raw pace and looked just as good as Alonso even though being a rookie and I believe this made Ron change his mind and he told Alonso at the Indy 2007 GP when Alonso wanted Lewis to let him pass and started to shake his fist and complaining to Ron on the radio that Lewis would not let him pass that he had to race Lewis on equal terms. From that incident Alonso became a loose cannon.

As for Alonso being able to bring championships to Mclaren since 2010 Ferrari has had a more consistent car than Mclaren and still Alonso has not landed the WDC so what makes you think he would have done so in a Mclaren


December 17, 2013 12:00 PM
Last Edited 863 days ago


Anyway it seems that McLaren made a good choice in keeping the rookie as he not only went onto finish above Alonso In the same car he then went on to be crowned WDC the next year , that Ron he sure knows a winner.

They won 1 title instead of 4. I'm not sure that's the best choice and talk from McLaren does seem to back that up. Martin has admitted they didn't treat Alonso very well.

Ron Dennis has a LONG history of mismanaging drivers. Prost/Senna handled very badly and Prost left unhappy. Hakkinen retired young which maked me wonder what pressure he was under and if they would have been less with another team (it's one of the reasons Lewis left) . Coulthard also didn't leave on good terms. Montoya and Raikonen both ran away. Then Alonso and finally even Ron's protege Lewis happily LEFT the team and not on good terms with Ron. Notice a common denominator with all those different drivers???... it is Ron Dennis.

............... continued


December 17, 2013 12:01 PM

It's absolutely amazing what Ron has done with McLaren between road cars and racing. Just phenomenal.... it has been said he is OCD and not the easiest person to work with. If his ego wasn't so big they might have one even more championships OR they might not have had anywhere near the same success. Ego can be a double edged sword.


December 17, 2013 12:01 PM

@ Z ebb

What's so funny when Alonso came to Mclaren in 2007 he told Ron that having a rookie partner him could compromise the WCC tittle in thinking even if he had Won the 2007 tittle Lewis may have struggled to bring the points home for the WCC tittle, he was soon in for a shock like us all. 2007 was a great year for F1.

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