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McLaren alcohol ban/ sell Shares to Bahrain

McLaren impose alcohol ban
Sat 20 Jan, 1:10 PM

Ron Dennis has banned McLaren's 2007 driver lineup from drinking alcohol.
Despite Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen's supposed alcoholic indiscretions during his tenure in 2002-2006, the Woking based team's chairman suggested that the only sips taken by Lewis Hamilton or world champion Fernando Alonso this year should be champagne on the podium.

After his drivers trained with Olympic athletes in Finland, Dennis told the Mirror: "We don't see why drivers need to have even one drink in the course of a season."

The irony of Dennis' stance, however, is that whiskey sponsor Johnnie Walker's McLaren-associated slogan for this year is: "Be a champion. Drink responsibly."



Or could the new McLaren partner, the Kingdom of Bahrain, be the reason?

BAHRAIN CONFIRMS STRATEGIC INVESTMENT IN McLAREN GROUP
The Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company a wholly owned company of the Kingdom of Bahrain announced today that it had entered into an agreement, by way of a strategic investment, to acquire a 30% stake in McLaren Group Limited following a period of extensive discussions with the existing McLaren Group shareholders, Ron Dennis (McLaren Group Chairman & CEO), TAG Group (Holdings) SA and DaimlerChrysler AG.

As is required, an application is currently being made for the necessary competition law clearances which are expected to be received within a period of 6 weeks.

Other than to confirm that the new shareholding structure of the McLaren Group post completion would become 40% DaimlerChrysler, 30% Mumtalakat Holding Company, 15% Ron Dennis and 15% TAG Group (Holdings) SA and that the company will continue to be managed by its existing management team, no further comment will be made at this stage. Upon regulatory clearances being obtained and completion a full media statement will be issued.


The fact that Daimler Chrysler didn't pick up the shares is interesting.
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Another reason why MS would never join and work with a dictator like Ron D. Would love to have been a fly on the wall in Johnny Walker's boardroom when the board found this little piece of news out, doubtful they have a chance to pullout but I bet they thought about it.
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that's so fuckin stupid, they're giving racers a 'sissy boy' image...and it's true, 20 years ago we had real men racing like rosberg, mansell etc, now they're all sissys...
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You can go back further to Tazio Nuvolari, a true racer who lost his steering wheel, put a spanner onto the nut, and won the race. He must have been quite a character.
To my ears, the name by itself sounds fast already.
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You can go back further to Tazio Nuvolari, a true racer who lost his steering wheel, put a spanner onto the nut, and won the race. He must have been quite a character.
To my ears, the name by itself sounds fast already.
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the good old days! didnt audi build a concept car in is name?
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The 2003 Audi Nuvolari Quattro concept car.
Another interesting character was Jean Pierre Beltoise. I once saw him punch out a heckler in the Zandvoort pit area.
An accident damaged the joint in one arm beyond repair.
He had it set at such an angle to be able to hold a steering wheel and continue his racing career.
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