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Dennis wants to make a race of it 02 Mar 2003

Left to right: Gerhard Berger (AUT), Head of BMW Motorsport, Ron Dennis (GBR), Team Owner McLaren Mercedes, Niki Lauda (AUT) Team Principal of Jaguar and Norbert Haug (GER) Head of Mercedes Motorsport, chat about the proposed regulations. 
Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne, Australia, 3 March 2002

McLaren Mercedes chief Ron Dennis has made a passionate plea for more genuine competition in 2003.

He was acutely aware of the effect of Ferrari's team orders at times in 2002, and said: "What Formula One needs more than anything else is some racing. And in 2002 there wasn't a race even between two cars! That's the difference between last year and when other teams have dominated."

In the past when McLaren or Williams have enjoyed technical superiority - such as 1988 or 1992 respectively - each team allowed its drivers to race one another. The effect was frequently electrifying.

Dennis admitted that McLaren did not do a good enough job in 2002. "If Ferrari was a 10 last year, we should have been a 9.5 at least, and most of the time we were a seven or an eight. It's painful to admit that, but it was a fact."
The McLaren Mercedes management is determined to do better in 2003. "I strongly believe that what Formula One needs, above all else, is a race," Dennis reiterated. "There are more likely to be some this year, and that is where we are focused right now."