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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 March 2008, 13:59 GMT
McLaren boss still mulling future
Ron Dennis
Dennis is focusing on the first race of the new season in Australia
McLaren chief Ron Dennis has hinted he may step down sooner rather than later after recently deciding against it.

Dennis is chief executive and chairman of McLaren Group and principal of the F1 team and came close to relinquishing at least one of his key roles.

The 60-year-old said: "I thought pretty much at the beginning of last season it would be my last going to races purely because of how long I'd done it.

"But there were other things that came along that made me think."

Dennis's judgement came under intense scrutiny last season with McLaren fined 50m and stripped of their constructors' championship points after being found guilty of possessing data from rivals Ferrari.

606: DEBATE

But Dennis insists he still has plenty to give and that the issue of his future was overplayed.

"I'm a guy who always loves going motor racing and if I feel I don't have something positive to bring then I won't be here," he said.

However, Dennis acknowledges that it is inevitable McLaren CEO Martin Whitmarsh will take over as team principal in the not too distant future.

"I am continuing as team principal but it's the very smallest part of my job," said Dennis.

"It's a part that Martin definitely has wanted for a while. He'll have to wait a little bit longer but I'll approach it slightly different this year.

"Martin has taken more and more responsibility over the last three years, that was by design.

"I didn't feel I had to share anything with anybody. It's a process I go through every year and for some reason it got a bit more publicity."

Dennis has a close relationship with McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton who considered one of the main contenders for this year's driver's championship.



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