After joining the McLaren F1 team in 1980, after winning 162 grands prix, 8 constructors and 12 drivers world titles, Ron Dennis will step down as team boss for the McLaren-Mercedes team.
“Let me make one thing clear: this is very definitely not retirement,” said Dennis. “In fact, I intend to work even harder from now on. And it’s because I intend to work even harder – on growing the McLaren Group – that I’ve decided to pass the role of Team Principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to Martin.
Martin, as in Martin Whitmarsh who will succeed Dennis in his position effective March 1, about a month before the season opener in Melbourne.
“Ron and I have had many discussions about this over the past few weeks and months, but eventually it became clear that Ron’s decision was final,” commented Whitmarsh. “Everyone knows what an incredible career Ron has had to date; his legacy is huge. As such, I remain hugely mindful of the responsibilities I assume as team principal – it’s a daunting yet exciting prospect. Despite today’s announcement, I hope we will still continue to work as closely together as before.”