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Dennis to step down as McLaren team principal

Dennis to step down as McLaren team principal
Whitmarsh taking over in March
16/01/09 14:09

New roles for Whitmarsh and Dennis
At the presentation of the new McLaren Mercedes MP4-24 today at the team's Woking headquarters, Ron Dennis announced his decision to step down as team principal and to relinquish the title to the McLaren Group's current CEO Formula One, Martin Whitmarsh.

Whitmarsh will take over the position as of March 1st, a few weeks ahead of the 2009 championship season-opener in Australia.

"I am going to work harder, raise my own game," said Dennis. "It is time for Martin to take over as team principal."

"I'll still go to races and take more responsibilities in other areas of the group," he stated.

"It is 100 percent my decision," Dennis added.
"Don't see it as retirement, it is very much the opposite."

Two years ago Dennis had mentioned his desire to see Lewis Hamilton crowned World Champion before taking on a different role within the McLaren group.

The conditions having been met, Ron Dennis' project is now under way.

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This should not change the much! He's 60 so I guess it makes sense that he wants less responsability!
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