Ron Dennis could be leav­ing Mclaren role

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Ron Dennis is set to leave his role as chair­man and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of Mclaren at the end of the year.

MN’S sis­ter ti­tle Au­tosport re­ported last week that Dennis will not have his cur­rent con­tract, which ex­pires at the end of this sea­son, re­newed.

The move would bring an end to Dennis’s as­so­ci­a­tion with the Wok­ing firm, which stretches back to 1980, and leave the role of CEO of Mclaren Tech­nol­ogy Group open. MTG com­prises Mclaren Rac­ing, Mar­ket­ing and Ap­plied Tech­nolo­gies.

Dennis re­turned to head up Mclaren in 2014 and he had planned to buy out a con­trol­ling stake from both Bahraini sov­er­eign wealth fund Mum­ta­lakat and long-term busi­ness part­ner Man­sour Oj­jeh. It is un­der­stood that the dead­lines set to raise the cap­i­tal to do so have not been met.

A Mclaren state­ment dur­ing the Austin GP week­end said that Dennis “will not be step­ping down”.

Pos­si­ble suc­ces­sors to Dennis would be for­mer Mclaren boss Martin Whit­marsh, stake­holder Ross Brawn or ex-sains­bury’s head Justin King.

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