Monza - McLaren boss Ron Dennis has ruled out quitting Formula One despite rating a spy controversy
gripping his team as the 'most extreme' test of his many years
in the sport.
"I think there's a few people around who would like me to
(go)," the 60-year-old told reporters at the Italian Grand Prix
on Saturday after the team swept the front row in qualifying
with champion Fernando Alonso and rookie frontrunner Lewis
"If its something that I thought would further the interests
of the company, if I thought it was the right thing to do, then
I wouldn't hesitate to do it.
"But I don't think it is the right thing to do."
Leaders McLaren, accused of benefiting from leaked Ferrari
information, face a hearing in Paris on Thursday that could
wreck their title hopes. In a worst case scenario, they could be
kicked out of the championship this year and next.
They also have another appeal hearing coming up to
reconsider a sanction imposed at last month's Hungarian Grand
Prix that stripped them of 15 points in the constructors'
This week the Mercedes-powered team were also fined $50 000
for using a gearbox that had not been crash tested in that same
Dennis also faced questions on Saturday about the
possibility of legal action against him by Italian police
investigating the leak of a 780 page technical dossier from
Italian media said Dennis was due to receive an "avviso di
garanzia" from the prosecutor in Modena, a legal notification
that he is suspected of a crime and is being investigated.
However, it may not necessarily lead to a charge.
The notification refers to sporting fraud, embezzlement and
the revealing of industrial secrets.
Former Ferrari engineer Nigel Stepney and McLaren chief
designer Mike Coughlan, now suspended, have also been issued
with such a notification along with another unnamed McLaren
employee, media reports said.
However Dennis, who is adamant that McLaren have not
incorporated into their cars any of the Ferrari information
found at Coughlan's home, told reporters he was unaware of any
documents being served.
"Maybe it's going to happen, but it hasn't yet," he said.