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Thursday, 1 June, 2000, 16:40 GMT 17:40 UK
F1 chief attacks Monte Carlo
Dennis
Dennis is unhappy with Monaco

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has described the conditions at the Monte Carlo circuit as being 'third world'.

The attack comes ahead of Formula's One's most prestigious event, the Monaco Grand Prix, which due to take place on Sunday.

Monaco is renowned as a tax haven for the rich and famous, and is home to 13 of the 22 drivers taking part in this year's event.

Dennis believes that despite the apparent wealth of the area, there has been little invested into the redevelopment of the track.

"We bring a lot of money into the Principality so you'd think they'd provide us with a better pit-lane complex," said Dennis.

Spectator safety

"It is all a bit third world really."

The McLaren's boss' comments come months after the Monte Carlo Rally came under fire.

Rally bosses went against the wishes of the FIA, the sport's governing body, by cancelling stages in January due to fears for spectator safety.

Dennis' team driver David Coulthard thinks that the thrill of driving around the circuit will overcome any complaints about the circuit.

"Monaco defintely has a place on the calendar," said Coulthard.

"It is a unique challenge to any driver. You have to go to the limit knowing just one mistake and you will end up against the barriers."

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