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."