McLaren boss Ron Dennis has insisted that he will not stand down from his position at the head of the Woking-based outfit.

Speculation that Dennis might be forced out has intensified in the last few days after the team conceded publicly on Thursday last week that more Ferrari information had infiltrated the team than had at first been realised or revealed.

Although the FIA, the sports governing body has now called off February's Word Motor Sport Council hearing into the legality of the teams 2008 car, Mercedes, who own a 40 per cent stake in the team, are apparently not impressed and the whole spy saga has caused much embarrassment.

Dennis remains adamant though that he is still the man that should lead the team and has said again that he is not going to resign.

"I'm not going to quit. That is 100 per cent," he told British tabloid newspaper, The News of the World. "I know there are people out there who want me to retire, but I'm not [going to].

"I do not think it would be in the best interests of the team."

McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh meanwhile admitted in the same report that the damage done to the team will cost them a lot more than the $100 million fine it was handed in September.

"The long-term damage to our previously outstanding record and commercial capability is significantly greater than that the ?50m penalty," he added.

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