‘Angry’ Dennis skips Lewis party

2012-11-23 09:41

INTERLAGOS, Brazil - Ron Dennis did not attend a farewell party for Lewis Hamilton in Austin after his US Formula 1 GP win and will not be in Brazil for his former protege's last race for McLaren.

The news adds to the perception that Hamilton - nurtured through his formative years by the McLaren supremo and brought into F1 in 2007 - and Dennis have fallen out badly over the 27-year-old's defection to Mercedes.


Referring to a farewell party in Austin, Daily Mail journalist Jonathan McEvoy wrote: "Dennis instead chose to attend what a team spokesman described as 'an important cocktail reception hosted by Exxon Mobil executives at which he was guest of honour'."

But after Hamilton won the US GP Dennis refused to wear McLaren's customary 'rocket-red' victory T-shirt. And the 65-year-old "has decided not to travel to Sao Paulo for Hamilton's farewell race".

Dennis told Sky TV in Austin: "Obviously the media thinks there's some issue between Lewis and me - there's absolutely no issue between us. Sometimes the circumstances in a relationship don't balance, don't match."

But there are rumours Hamilton and Dennis fell out very badly over the negotiations for a new driving contract for 2013 and beyond.
An unnamed “senior figure” told the Daily Mail: "I do know what has happened.

"Everyone makes mistakes and Ron made a mistake. Everything went pear-shaped and I don't think it would be fair to say any more than that."

A McLaren spokesman responded: "Ron and Lewis plan to get together socially in the near future, as they've both said a number of times recently."


  • AGSZN - 2012-11-23 11:38

    Ron seems to take drivers moving from McLaren to other teams personal. Remember how his relationship broke down with Senna when he went to Williams for the 1994 season. After the announcement, Ron didn't take to kindly to Senna during the rest of the 1993 season.

      thabzmadi - 2012-11-23 13:30

      Not to mention the fallout with Montoya, Kimi and Fernando....

  • kyle.buitendag - 2012-11-23 14:36

    Ron is a prick and hamilton is an even bigger one, he was lucky to win the one and only championship of his life, he will never again be crowned world champion, hasnt got what it takes, never will, piece of crap, FORZA FERRARI!!!!

      4everMO - 2012-11-23 15:54

      Obviously you don't follow the same sport as the rest of the world. Better to shut up...

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-23 20:12

      there is no bigger piece of crap than you kyle, you clearly know very little about F1 or cars for that matter, go and watch birds you IDIOT

      dave.hardman - 2012-11-24 12:18

      Got it wrong Kyle, you are the prick! What a childish comment

      nkhangwe.madzivh - 2012-11-24 15:10

      You don't have a point uncle,Lewis is one of the greatest driver in the Formula 1,if it wasn't unreliable car,today he would have been in the list of possible championship,you are haters

      alasdair.muir.796 - 2012-11-25 09:34

      @Kyle - takes one to know one.....

      pagel.trivia - 2012-11-25 20:20

      @Kyle: Post your CV bud - we will have a field time commenting on your lack of achievements.

      Robert - 2012-11-26 08:53

      Kyle if YOU had 1.100th% of Lewis Hamilton's talent than you could I PRESUME make such a statement, but,obviously the ediface that sprouts such crap statements is on your face and NOT where normal people have theirs.....If some of these words eleude you ...I will understand.

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-11-26 09:55

      really kyle. do you even follow the sport that you are commenting on. As a McLaren and a Hamilton fan, i was really upset with Lewis when he announced his departure but take nothing away from his talent. Lewis has been at the top of his game from day one. Are you simply disgruntled because Ferrari were not as competetive as Red Bull and McLaren?

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-27 16:15

      @ Kyle - Not liking a certain team/driver/whoever comes with the territory of F1 'fan-dom'...but saying that he'll NEVER again win a championship is a bit doff. Lewis is quick and a great driver. Not as quick as Vettel or Fernando (imo), but if Jenson button can win a championship, Lewis can easily win two. Sincerely, A fellow Ferrari fan.

  • Blixum - 2012-11-26 09:47

    Eish Ron. Dealing with Africans is not for sissies. It comes with the territory. And to think you spotted his talent, developed it and made him a world champion and now he is biting the hand that fed him... we know all about it in SA.

      thabzmadi - 2012-11-26 09:55

      Hamilton is not African, he has mixed parents, his father from Grenada and Mother is white of british origin and has had a largely white cultural upbringing...Why bring race into everything????

      JManAtheoi - 2012-11-27 16:17

      He's not "biting the hand that fed him"... he's moving on. Its called business. BTW - I bet having Hamilton in the team fed quite a few people....

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