Feb.28 (GMM) Spokespeople for both McLaren and engine partner Mercedes-Benz have denied reports that team boss Ron Dennis has been fired.
A report in the Spanish press this week said Martin Whitmarsh was set to take over the British veteran's nearly three-decade reign because Mercedes, with a 40 per cent team stake, was angered about Dennis' handling of the spying scandal."The reports are pure speculation," a Mercedes spokesman is quoted as saying by the German broadcaster RTL."The fact is, the well-known status-quo remains, and this means an unchanged management team," he added.A McLaren spokesperson replied similarly, while F1 chief executive Bernie Ecclestone also suggested that the rumours of Dennis 'quitting' or being 'fired' are wide of the mark."He's not an employee," Bernie told the Mirror. "He's a shareholder and he had internal support from other shareholders."