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Posted on Monday, January 27, 2014

Lotus interested in Whitmarsh

Deposed McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh could switch to Lotus for 2014, an insider has confirmed. Lotus' former chief, Eric Boullier, is the hot favourite to replace Whitmarsh at Woking, even though McLaren is not ready to confirm it. "New car but no boss", read the headline at the weekend by the Spanish newspaper Diario Sport. A team spokesman was quoted by Germany's Die Welt: "We are not talking at the moment about our management leadership." On the other hand, Lotus' team owner Gerard Lopez has […]

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dennis appointed CEO of McLaren Group

Former McLaren Formula 1 team principal Ron Dennis has been appointed CEO of McLaren Group with immediate effect, in place of Martin Whitmarsh. Dennis will return to the position he held between 1982 and 2012 and also retains his role as chairman of McLaren Group. Dennis was McLaren's team principal in Formula 1 between 1982 and 2009. "My fellow shareholders have mandated me to write an exciting new chapter in the story of McLaren, beginning by improving our on-track and off-track performance," he said. "Over […]

Posted on Monday, January 13, 2014

Button's father John dies aged 70

John Button, father of 2009 world champion Jenson, has passed away following a suspected heart attack. He was 70. John was found dead at his home in the South of France on Sunday. He enjoyed success as a rallycross driver in the 1970s before becoming an integral part in supporting son Jenson into Formula 1. John retained a presence in the Formula 1 paddock throughout Jenson's career. 'It is with great sadness and regret that I can confirm John Button passed away at his home […]

Posted on Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Dennis would not block Alonso's McLaren return

McLaren supremo Ron Dennis has suggested he would not step in to prevent Fernando Alonso from returning to the British team. With the Woking based team looking ahead to its new era with works Honda power from 2015, boss Martin Whitmarsh has made no secret of his desire to see Alonso at the wheel. But when Dennis was still on the pitwall in 2007, he and Alonso fell out spectacularly, with the two-time world champion splitting from the team after just a single, tumultuous season […]

Posted on Thursday, December 12, 2013

Force India gives Perez a second chance

Underneath the Monza podium last year you’d have got long odds on then Ferrari and McLaren target Sergio Pérez lining up for Force India in 2014. Yet such is the evolution of Formula 1 that Pérez finds himself attempting to resurrect his career with a midfield outfit, despite 2014 set to be only his fourth season, and he is still just 23 years of age. In September 2012 Pérez finished on the podium in Italy, tested for Ferrari at Fiorano and then signed for McLaren […]

Posted on Thursday, November 28, 2013

F1's biggest spender is Red Bull says Whitmarsh

After Ferrari denied it is the biggest spender in Formula One, McLaren says the most financially powerful team in pitlane is actually Red Bull. Like Ferrari, Red Bull denies it, but McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh insists "everyone knows" that the energy drink-owned team - the dominant world champions for the last four seasons consecutively - spends the most. In fact, Whitmarsh said that meteoric level of spending has actually "distorted the sport". And he said his counterpart Christian Horner's claim that Red Bull doesn't spend […]

Posted on Saturday, November 23, 2013

Whitmarsh: Rival team reneged on 2014 Magnussen deal

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says that a rival team principal reneged on a deal to sign Kevin Magnussen for 2014. Formula Renault 3.5 Series champion Magnussen will race for McLaren next season but Whitmarsh says that he originally had a deal with a rival team for Magnussen to make his debut elsewhere in 2014. "Kevin is an extraordinary young man who deserves to be in F1," Whitmarsh told F1.com. "I hoped and tried to find him a cockpit - I even did a deal […]

Posted on Saturday, November 16, 2013

Whitmarsh helping Perez find 2014 seat

After dropping Sergio Perez for 2014, McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh says he is now trying to help the Mexican find a seat elsewhere in Formula One. After just one season with 23-year-old Perez, the Woking based team has decided to replace him with in-house development talent Kevin Magnussen. But McLaren has been criticised for making its decision so late that it could end Perez's F1 career. "People say our decision was terribly late, but what I have said to him is to stand back from […]

Posted on Thursday, November 14, 2013

Magnussen joins Button at McLaren for 2014

McLaren has confirmed that Kevin Magnussen will race for the team in 2014, alongside Jenson Button. Magnussen, 21, won the Formula Renault 3.5 Series this season and will replace Sergio Perez at the team. The Dane tested for McLaren in Abu Dhabi last year and at Silverstone earlier this season. "I’m absolutely overjoyed to be making my Formula 1 debut with McLaren," said Magnussen. "I’ll put it simply: this team is the best. It's been my dream to drive for McLaren ever since I was […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Whitmarsh thanks Perez after exit, confirms Button

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has thanked Sergio Perez for his contribution to the team, after the Mexican confirmed that he would be leaving the squad at the end of 2013. Perez joined McLaren from Sauber at the start of the year but released a statement on Wednesday confirming his departure from the team. Whitmarsh also confirmed that a deal with Jenson Button has been completed. "First of all, we would like to thank Checo for his kind and gracious statement, and for being a […]

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

McLaren 'lacked organisation and humility' says Perez

Sergio Perez's marriage to McLaren seems definitely over, as the Mexican criticised the great British team at the tail end of its disappointing 2013 season. Multiple authoritative sources are reporting that the Woking based team has decided to replace Perez after just a single season with its development rookie Kevin Magnussen. It is unlikely McLaren will make the news official before this weekend's US grand prix, as the Austin circuit is just 250 miles from Mexico, making it Perez's de-facto 'home' race. But Perez this […]

Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Perez: Austin the most important weekend

Sergio Perez has labelled the upcoming United States Grand Prix as the most important race of his season amid speculation that he is to be replaced by Kevin Magnussen for next season. McLaren has been hesitant on the subject of Perez's future and the Mexican says that the race in Austin is his most important race of 2013. "For me, this will be the most important weekend of my year, and I’ll be especially keen for a strong result to send my fans back home […]