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Formula One: Dennis vows to take 'Man United' McLaren back to top

Ron Dennis has promised McLaren will return to winning form this year following one of the worst seasons in their history and likened the Formula One team's current troubles to those of Manchester United. Dennis, a key figure for decades with the British marque, had taken less of a hands-on role in recent seasons as he concentrated on other aspects of McLaren's work. But he has been restored to his former position as chief executive of the McLaren group, in what appears a demotion at least for his one-time protege Martin Whitmarsh.

McLaren to start season without title sponsor

By Alan Baldwin WOKING, England (Reuters) - McLaren will start the Formula One season without a title sponsor but still expect to have one this year, group chief executive Ron Dennis said on Thursday. "Our cars will not feature a title sponsor at the first event," he told reporters at the McLaren factory ahead of the season-opener in Australia next week. "But they will definitely feature a title sponsor some time at the next few races."

F1 team principal role is outmoded, says Wolff

LONDON (Reuters) - Formula One teams no longer need a traditional principal at the helm because the sport has moved on, according to Mercedes motorsport head Toto Wolff. "That position is a thing of the past," said the Austrian, who has shared executive responsibilities at the Mercedes team with Paddy Lowe since the departure of former team principal Ross Brawn at the end of last year. While Wolff takes care of business, Lowe oversees the technical side.

Formula One: Button backs Boullier appointment

British former Formula One world champion Jenson Button has endorsed the appointment of Eric Boullier as McLaren's new racing director as the restructuring of the team continues. Former Lotus team principal Boullier's arrival comes hot on the heels of Ron Dennis's return as chief executive officer, who ousted Martin Whitmarsh after McLaren's worst season in over 30 years in 2013 as they failed to make the podium once in 19 races. Whitmarsh is now expected to also be dismissed from his role as team principal.

Former Lotus boss Boullier joins McLaren

By Alan Baldwin JEREZ, Spain (Reuters) - Former Lotus Formula One team principal Eric Boullier is joining McLaren in the newly created role of Racing Director, with Ron Dennis in overall control. McLaren said in a statement released during pre-season testing in Spain that the Frenchman would start work at Woking on February 3. The team said Boullier would report to a yet-to-be-appointed

Formula One: Boullier joins McLaren revolution

Former Lotus team principal Eric Boullier has been appointed as the new racing director of McLaren, the British team announced on Wednesday. Boullier had been widely tipped for a role in newly appointed chief executive officer Ron Dennis's overhaul at McLaren since resigning from his position at Lotus last week. Dennis, who guided McLaren to 10 world drivers' and seven constructors' titles whilst in charge of the team from 1982 to 2009, ousted Martin Whitmarsh to retake control of the team two weeks ago.

Formula One: Button backs Dennis to get McLaren back on track

Former world champion Jenson Button expects Ron Dennis to restore McLaren to its' former glory after returning to take overall charge of the Formula One team. Dennis is back in his former role as McLaren's chief executive officer after ousting Martin Whitmarsh in a shareholders' vote last week. The 66-year-old has been given a mandate to conduct a thorough review of McLaren's operations and the first major change is set to be the replacement of team principal Whitmarsh, who has suffered five unsuccessful years in charge.

Formula One: Button backs Dennis to get McLaren back on track

Former world champion Jenson Button expects Ron Dennis to restore McLaren to its' former glory after returning to take overall charge of the Formula One team. Dennis is back in his former role as McLaren's chief executive officer after ousting Martin Whitmarsh in a shareholders' vote last week. The 66-year-old has been given a mandate to conduct a thorough review of McLaren's operations and the first major change is set to be the replacement of team principal Whitmarsh, who has suffered five unsuccessful years in charge.

Dennis will drive McLaren on, says Button

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - The return of former principal Ron Dennis to a more hands-on role at McLaren will boost the hurting Formula One team this season, Jenson Button said on Friday. Dennis ousted Martin Whitmarsh as McLaren group chief executive last week, with the latter now expected to vacate the role of team principal as well before the championship starts in Australia in March.

McLaren show off new car with no principal in sight

By Alan Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - McLaren showed off their new Formula One car on Friday with neither a title sponsor nor a team principal in sight but plenty of determination to banish the gloom of a depressing 2013 season. Once famed for lavish launches, McLaren opted for an online only presentation of the silver MP4-29 with a series of photographs immediately drawing attention to the car's protruding nose and 'nostrils'.
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