McLaren chief Ron Denis forced to step down

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McLaren chief Ron Denis forced to step down

Ron Denis has lost his battle to stay at the helm of Formula One giants McLaren.

The 69-year old was forced to stand down as chairman and chief executive by fellow shareholders, ending a 35-year involvement with the team.

Denis, who still owns 25 percent of McLaren Group, failed in a High Court bid last week to avoid being put on ‘gardening leave’.

And on Tuesday the group forced him out due to contrasting visions of McLaren’s future.

He’s been involved with McLaren since 1980 and went on to steer the outfit to a total of 10 Formula 1 driver’s World titles with Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton.

He also guided the team to seven constructors crowns.

He turned McLaren into the most successful team in history after Ferrari before standing down as team principal in 2009.

He returned as group chief executive five years later but they haven’t won anything since Hamilton’s drivers title in 2008 while they haven’t found a principle sponsor since Vodafone left in 2013.