Ron Dennis Steps Down as McLaren Principal
“First thing I am going to do is work harder, that is the first target. I intend to raise my own game because I think everybody in our organization at every level realizes this is a tough period in which we are going to work and of course we are a very diverse organization now,” said Dennis on Friday.
“We have a clear intention for our production car programme which is really a challenge. Any product we bring to the market will certainly fall the other side of this financial period. I stress nothing to get too excited about but it is absolute time for Martin to take over as team principal. As from March 1 he will adopt that responsibility. I will still go to races, not all of them, because I am passionate.”
“I intend to work harder and will take on greater responsibility in the group. I will be full executive chairman. It is time and I have to say it is absolutely 100 percent my decision. It is what I want to do, but I do intend to work much harder.”
“Don't see it as some sort of retirement, I want to work harder in other areas and having to plan those tasks around the GP calendar is disruptive to the process. It is a job that Martin will embrace and enjoy. It is a job over the years we have shared anyway, but it will be his decision to influence things at a grand prix circuit,” added Dennis.
Dennis' role as team principal will be taken by CEO Martin Whitmarsh as of March 1st.