Feb.6 (GMM) Ron Dennis has declared defiantly that McLaren can thrive without those who do not bleed 'rocket red' blood.
But the Financial Times insists that Dennis, 65, is still firmly involved; consenting to Lewis Hamilton's departure and now musing the potential loss of McLaren's technical director Paddy Lowe, also to Mercedes.
Dennis would not comment specifically, except to emphasise his beliefs about loyalty.
"You cut yourself, you bleed McLaren," he said.
"We're about winning, we care about how we win ... we want to win with the right principles, the right values.
"If people don't want to be part of that and want to go and do different things, then fine."
Referring to the proverb about grass being greener on the other side, Dennis continued: "(But) if they get the hosepipe and the lawnmower out, they can easily contribute to making the grass greener their side of the fence".