Mar.17 (GMM) Ron Dennis on Sunday pre-empted more inevitable speculation about his future by revealing that he does not plan to attend this weekend's Malaysian grand prix.
Not long after rumours that the McLaren boss might call it quits before the 2008 season opener were proved wrong, the 60-year-old told reporters in Australia that a prior engagement will keep him away from Sepang."When you don't see me in Malaysia, don't jump to conclusions -- I will be at all the other races," Dennis said, insisting that his absence has nothing to do with formula one.Wearing the now familiar bright orange McLaren 'victory' t-shirt in the Melbourne paddock, the Briton also bluntly denied that Lewis Hamilton's Albert Park win, and Ferrari's disastrous showing, was sweet "revenge" after the trials of 2007.Dennis also would not hear suggestions that Ferrari's dreadful weekend could be related to the official handing over of power from Jean Todt to new chief Stefano Domenicali."They're a very competitive team, they're well run," he insisted."We know they're going to be a very strong team in all the remaining races," Dennis added.