FROM BOLTER TO RUNNING THE SHOP
Ron Dennis was a teenager, working as a mechanic for Cooper while studying for a qualication 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.