McLaren 'supremo' Dennis demoted - report

Apparently Ron Dennis has lost his voting rights on the McLaren Group board.

Apr.26 (GMM) According to a specialist publication, Ron Dennis has been demoted at McLaren.

Although still referred to as the famous British team's 'supremo', the 65-year-old - succeeded by Martin Whitmarsh - stepped down as McLaren team principal some years ago.

He also sold half of his 30 per cent stake in the Woking based company to the Bahrain investment vehicle Mumtalakat Holding, and most recently has been focused on McLaren's road car production subsidiary.

Ron Dennis presents the McLaren P1
Ron Dennis presents the McLaren P1

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

And according to Auto Motor und Sport, it is the road car business, and the extent of Bahrain's new influence at McLaren, that has resulted in Dennis' latest demotion.

The German magazine reports that Dennis has lost his voting rights on the McLaren Group board, leaving him only a non-executive member due to his status as co-owner.

Auto Motor und Sport said Bahrain is angry because Dennis' pet project, McLaren Automotive, is losing rather than making money.

"Instead of the planned 3,500 units, only half of that are sold," wrote correspondents Michael Schmidt and Bianca Leppert.

"The Bahrainis are seeing their money disappear, never to return," they added, estimating Bahrain's losses in the hundreds of millions.

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Series Formula 1 , Automotive
Drivers Eric Gilbert , Martin Whitmarsh , Michael Schmidt
Teams McLaren
Article type Breaking news
Tags dennis, mclaren, whitmarsh