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Dennis calls for a bigger share. 08 Mar 2003

FIA Press Conference
Gerhard Berger (AUT) BMW Competitions Director , Eddie Jordan (IRE) Jordan Team Owner , Paul Stoddart (AUS) Minardi Team Owner , Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Owner , Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 7 March 2003

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has hit back at suggestions by what he called 'some people' that there is a hidden agenda among the top teams, wanting to see fewer than ten teams in Formula 1.

"If someone would like to put their hand up as to having had a conversation with me first-hand that actually supports that, then let them," he said, "It's a complete fabrication. I would like to see 12 teams in F1. Why would I want to see less? I can't see the logic of it. Why on earth is it in the interests of any team that is currently competing to have less than ten teams? Because that imposes on us an obligation to run a third car and there is not one team who wishes to do that."

Dennis said that under the Concorde Agreement every team is equal in every respect in the process of formulating the sporting regulations, the technical regulations and the commercial agreements. Though Eddie Jordan said that the money was unequal, Dennis said that the restructuring of the Agreement between 1997 and '98 had made it more equitable and that he supported greater equality in the future. He then said teams should get a greater revenue share than their current 23 per cent, saying: "The simple fact is that the European professional footballers' association enjoys 75 per cent of their revenues."