Ron Dennis speaks of disappointment at the termination of his 35-year role as McLaren team boss

Last week the chairman and chief executive failed in a High Court bid to stop investors from forcing him out

BY Raf Diallo 20:51 Tuesday 15 November 2016, 20:51 15 Nov 2016

File photo dated 15-01-2007 of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Team Principle Ron Dennis. Picture by David Davies PA Wire/PA Images

Ron Dennis is no longer the boss of the McLaren Formula 1 team.

He says shareholders told him they wanted to end his 35 years in the role.

Last week the chairman and chief executive failed in a High Court bid to stop investors from forcing him out.

Dennis says he's "disappointed" by their actions - and he'll remain a shareholder himself.

In his statement, he said: "I am disappointed that the representatives of TAG and Mumtalakat, the other main shareholders in McLaren, have forced through this decision to place me on gardening leave, despite the strong warnings from the rest of the management team about the potential consequences of their actions on the business.

"The grounds they have stated are entirely spurious; my management style is the same as it has always been and is one that has enabled McLaren to become an automotive and technology group that has won 20 Formula One world championships and grown into an £850 million a year business.

"Throughout that time I have worked closely with a series of talented colleagues to keep McLaren at the cutting edge of technology, to whom I will always be extremely grateful.

"Ultimately it has become clear to me through this process that neither TAG nor Mumtalakat share my vision for McLaren and its true growth potential. But my first concern is to the business I have built and to its 3,500 employees.

"I will continue to use my significant shareholding in both companies and my seats on both boards to protect the interests and value of McLaren and help shape its future.

"In addition I intend to launch a new technology investment fund once my contractual commitments with McLaren expire.

"This will capitalise on my expertise, my financial resources, together with external investment to pursue the many commercial opportunities I have been offered in recent years but have been unable to take up while being so committed to the existing business."

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