Dennis and Stoddart make amends

What was recently an escalating war-of-words between McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart has now seemingly calmed down after talks between the two. Stoddart took offense at remarks by Dennis that Minardi did not...

What was recently an escalating war-of-words between McLaren boss Ron Dennis and Minardi team principal Paul Stoddart has now seemingly calmed down after talks between the two. Stoddart took offense at remarks by Dennis that Minardi did not deserve as much financial help as Jordan, because Stoddart had not been around very long in Formula One.

Stoddart countered by saying Dennis was trying to force Minardi out of F1 but the argumentative pair have, at least temporarily, patched up their differences. After Friday's press conference at Melbourne, where both Dennis and Stoddart were present, some ruffled feathers were soothed.

"I think Paul understands very clearly from our conversation that I don't wish him anything other than a positive future," said Dennis according to Reuters. "I would like to see 12 teams in Formula One, why on earth would I want to see less? I can't see the logic of it."

"Why on earth is it in the interests of any team that is currently competing to have less than 10 teams? Because that imposes on us an obligation to run a third car and there is not one team who wishes to do that."

Stoddart concurred that much had been said in the heat of the moment: "I have got to look at the interests of the team," he remarked. "And a lot has been said over the last few weeks, a lot of it is regrettable,"

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Paul Stoddart
Teams McLaren , Minardi , Jordan