THE BEGINNING OF THE END
Unleashing Lewis Hamilton on the world should have been Ron’s greatest triumph. Instead, his 2007 superteam (featuring Vodafone sponsorship and with champion Fernando Alonso in the other car) imploded as Hamilton and Alonso fell out and a McLaren designer was caught with Ferrari intellectual property. The scandal enabled Ron’s nemesis, FIA president Max Mosley, to humiliate him in public, ending in a vicious $100m ne and the deletion of constructor points. Hamilton won the title in ’08, but it would take more than that to repair the damage.