FROM BOLTER TO RUN­NING THE SHOP

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

Ron Den­nis was a teenager, work­ing as a me­chanic for Cooper while study­ing for a qualication in mo­tor ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy, when he was picked to work on the team’s third car at the 1966 Mex­i­can Grand Prix. Eyes opened to the magic of mo­tor­sport, he earned key al­lies through his metic­u­lous ap­proach: when Jochen Rindt moved from Cooper to Brabham, he took Ron with him. Den­nis’ next move was to try his hand at run­ning a team of his own. It was a bumpy ride in the 1970s, but he built up cred­i­bil­ity and, in 1980, his spon­sor, Marl­boro, en­gi­neered a merger between his Project 4 team and the ail­ing McLaren or­gan­i­sa­tion.

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