Dennis doesn''t believe Schumacher, and Fiat-GM tie up

Dennis doesn't believe Schumacher Ron Dennis, boss of McLaren Mercedes, has said that he doesn't believe that Schumacher's win was down to his driving, but rather McLaren's poor luck, according to an interview carried by Agence France ...

Dennis doesn't believe Schumacher

Ron Dennis, boss of McLaren Mercedes, has said that he doesn't believe that Schumacher's win was down to his driving, but rather McLaren's poor luck, according to an interview carried by Agence France Presse.

"By the time we had our problems we were already thinking of conserving fuel and throttling back and we were still pulling out a lead. We were doing all the things that you do when you are dominating a race from the front. We actually had it all in hand and for him to say he was just sitting there waiting for us to fail is ludicrous. We know Schumacher was deeply upset not to have got pole and what he is saying is a load of bullshit. Is Michael saying he is deliberately struggling, falling back and making life difficult for himself? I don't buy it."

Dennis went on to say that he believes that Barrichello was deliberately hampered in the race. "Anyway you cut it, mathematically, it just does not add up [to make two stops]. Rubens was a sacrificial lamb the minute they put him on a two stop strategy. For some reason they sacrificed Rubens and the only reason I can see for that is for it to work for Michael."

Dennis also denies that he ever offered a drive to Irvine, who this weekend was quoted saying "I told then I wasn't going to drive for the sort of figures Coulthard is supposed to earn". Dennis said "It is wrong for Eddie to say he chose not to drive for McLaren because of financial discussions. They never took place. He may be a colourful character but he shouldn't rewrite history."

GM to acquire stake in Fiat

According to Il Sole 24 Ore and The Financial Times, General Motors is to acquire a 20% stake in Fiat, worth $2.4bn. Fiat, in return, would take a 5% stake in GM for the same sum. Fiat is also looking at rival offers from VW and BMW, but the GM offer is favourite. A break-up of the Fiat empire, which includes the Lancia, Alfa Romeo and Ferrari brands, was not likely as the Agnelli family is not in favour of such a move.

-Stephen M Baines-

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Series Formula 1
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren