His team may have lost all its points in the constructors' championship as a result of the Formula 1 spying row, but Ron Dennis has at least managed to get his hands on a trophy to mark the team's achievements during the 2007 campaign.

The McLaren team boss, who will hope to see Lewis Hamilton or Fernando Alonso lift the drivers' title in Brazil later today, was presented with a home-made trophy by the team mechanics in Sao Paulo - something Dennis admitted showed the strength within his squad.

"I was very pleased to get the constructors' trophy yesterday from the mechanics, that they made," he told Reuters. "That was a nice touch.

"A lot of people still think we are a pretty cold, grey team. Well, that's far from the truth. The team realise it has been a bit of a tough season, so it was just a nice gesture.

"It meant a lot to me because it shows that in adversity we've come close together and fought hard. It has just got a very strong sentimental value.

"It will sit somewhere appropriate, probably in my office at home."

 

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