The departure of McLaren's strange colossus

The departure of McLaren's strange colossus

After Bernie Ecclestone went Ron Dennis - now two of Formula 1's most familiar faces, and significant characters, are gone. Dennis was not loved, but he made a huge mark on grand prix racing

Just as I still struggle to take on board that Bernie Ecclestone is no longer running Formula 1, so it's difficult to believe that the ties between Ron Dennis and McLaren are now officially severed.

After being put on 'gardening leave' by his fellow shareholders last autumn, Dennis could have accepted a few hundred million for his shares, and gone quietly, but the streetfighter in him - never far from the surface - won the day, and he sued the company with which he had been synonymous for so long.

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