Angry Dennis absent from Hamilton’s McLaren farewell

(L to R): Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren with Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Executive Chairman. Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday 11 June 2011.Nov.23 (GMM) Ron Dennis did not attend a farewell party for Lewis Hamilton last week after the United states Grand Prix in Austin, and will  aparently not be in Brazil for his former protege’s last race for McLaren.

The news adds to the perception that Briton Hamilton – who was nurtured through his formative years by the McLaren supremo and brought into F1 in 2007 – has fallen out badly with Dennis over the 27-year-old’s switch to Mercedes.

Referring to a farewell party in Austin last weekend, Daily Mail journalist Jonathan McEvoy wrote: “Dennis instead chose to attend what a team spokesman described as ‘an important cocktail reception hosted by Exxon Mobil executives at which he was guest of honour’.”

But after Hamilton won the US Grand Prix, Dennis refused to wear McLaren’s customary ‘rocket-red’ victory t-shirt.

And the 65-year-old “has decided not to travel to Sao Paulo for Hamilton’s farewell race”, McEvoy revealed.

Dennis said in Austin last week: “Obviously the media thinks there’s some issue between Lewis and I. There’s absolutely no issue between us.

“Sometimes the circumstances in a relationship don’t balance, don’t match,” he told the British broadcaster Sky.

But there are rumours that Hamilton and Dennis fell out very badly over the negotiations for a new driving contract for 2013 and beyond.

“I do know what has happened,” an unnamed ‘senior figure’ told the Daily Mail.

“Everyone makes mistakes and Ron made a mistake. Everything went pear-shaped and I don’t think it would be fair to say any more than that.”

A McLaren spokesman responded: “Ron and Lewis plan to get together socially in the near future, as they’ve both said a number of times recently.”

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  • John

    Read the title of this article and thought there was a new game out for my iPhone…

    Ron and McLaren have really had a lot to put up with. Hamilton bringing his airhead girlfriend and all the rapper buddies (the bling bling pals) to races. They weren’t the remotest bit interested in F1. Yet, they distracted Hamilton from being what he’s been paid to do – drive the car fast.

    You can see the difference in Hamilton over the last few races where none of those non-entities have been around. He’s found his speed again. It’s the Hamilton that we all want to see.

    McLaren will win another world championship. It remains to be seen if Hamilton ever will again.

  • Disgusted with 2012

    Hamilton has made a serious error in judgment moving to Merc at this point. McLaren made a serious error demanding a 3 year contract in stead of a 1 year extension. Merc is lost without a rudder (Brawn as it turns out is not a brilliant designer on his own), and Lewis will make this worse with his antics. Meanwhile, McLaren is likely to take the lessons of 2012 to heart and return stronger in 2013, possibly capable of actually winning the WDC and WCC titles…but not with Button and Perez – which means another season of drought for the title-less, once great McLaren. Meanwhile, Lewis will be bogged down in the mid pack trying to avoid being taken out in the scrum the mid pack has become. It’s all pretty funny actually, as this just opens the door to Red Bull and Ferrari to own the season once again in 2013.

  • MightyK

    I don’t think RD feels he made any mistakes.