F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

Ron en­sured McLaren rode out a mid-1990s lull – which co­in­cided with Marl­boro leav­ing to fo­cus on Fer­rari – by hir­ing tech­ni­cal wizard Adrian Newey. Now clad in sil­ver, McLaren-Mercedes won the 1998 con­struc­tors’ cham­pi­onship, plus drivers’ ti­tles in 1998 and 1999 with Mika Häkki­nen, and might have added more with Kimi Räikkö­nen but for the rise of Fer­rari in the early 2000s. Away from the track, Ron over­saw the con­struc­tion of a tem­ple to his de­tail-ob­sessed vi­sion: the McLaren Tech­nol­ogy Cen­tre, where the many parts of the McLaren busi­ness (in­clud­ing a mar­ket­ing and an elec­tron­ics com­pany) could sit to­gether un­der one roof.

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