McLaren the ‘legendary’ Woking based outfit, is a team in constant flux since the ousting of Martin Whitmarsh. They continue to be subject of many reports, and much speculation, regarding their future.
In Monaco, former team champion Alain Prost urged the struggling British outfit to “do something a little bit different” to return to the front of the grid.
“Yes, I agree with the comments of Alain,” said the team’s new-in-2014 team boss, Eric Boullier. This is what I have been doing since I started.”
Also new in 2014 has been the return to Formula 1 management of McLaren ‘supremo’ Ron Dennis, a year ahead of the highly-anticipated works Honda partnership.
This week, the team denied reports the Japanese car manufacturer is looking to buy a 50 per cent McLaren stake.
Nonetheless, buy-out reports persist. Italy’s Autosprint reports that, some months ago, Dennis began to seek funding to buy out the 25 per cent share currently held by Mansour Ojjeh, who late last year had a double lung transplant.
Buying Ojjeh’s stake would increase Dennis’ ownership to 50 per cent, as was the case for a short time in the 80s.
Recently, Dennis told an Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that he wants to sign one of Formula 1’s very best drivers, singling out Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel as fitting the bill.
Further, Omnicorse has raised even wilder speculation about McLaren’s future, claiming that Honda are eyeing the Red Bull dream-team of Vettel, Adrian Newey and even team boss Christian Horner. (GMM)