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Dennis says 'no' to F1 return

Ron Dennis rubbishes talk of him returning to McLaren in 2010, when Lewis Hamilton will team up with 2009 F1 World Champion Jenson Button.

Ron Dennis has said that he has no intention of returning to F1 in 2010, even though he appeared at the season ending, Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Dennis told SportsProMedia.com that he would continue to focus on helping McLaren established its own range of road cars.

"It is really a development of the brand," he stated at the Autosport Awards this week. "When I look at the achievements of Ferrari and what we intend for McLaren, it is absolutely categorically the right thing for us to plough our own furrow. It is a win-win situation for everyone."

Martin Whitmarsh, who succeeded Dennis this year as boss of the McLaren F1 team, meanwhile added that things have started to change slightly since Ron's exit.

"Looking back at my first season as team principal, I think the most important attribution of merit and praise ought to be directed towards our engineers, who quite simply performed miracles to turn around the fortunes of the MP4-24," Whitmarsh told the official F1 website.

"And while I think everybody in this organisation is indebted to Ron for his leadership and visionary prowess, I also think it's apparent that the team has started to acquire a slightly different style and personality over the last 12 months.

"Of course, there is still a huge amount of 'Ron' in McLaren - and that's only natural and it's hugely important and beneficial too - but the most important thing I want people to recognise is that the successes achieved by McLaren come from us being a team, not from any one individual."

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Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
Ron Dennis relinquishes his role of McLaren team principal to Martin Whitmarsh at the launch of the 2009 MP4-24 in Woking [pic credit: McLaren-Mercedes]
Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren MP4-24, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009
Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal, Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, 27-29th, March, 2009

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doris nutscrubber - Unregistered

December 10, 2009 4:32 PM

Hi theyank yes there are some faces in f1 that can be missed just like the drivers are. it would be the same if sir frank williams left his team,i felt the same when ken tyrell finished his f1 days. these people have been around so long f1 just doesn't seem the same somehow when they leave.

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