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Dennis to attend vast majority of 2009 races 29 Jan 2009

Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal with Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren 
Formula One World Championship, Rd16, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Fuji Speedway, Japan, Friday, 10 October 2008 Ron Dennis (GBR) McLaren Team Principal.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 14, Italian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monza, Italy, Friday, 12 September 2008

McLaren’s Ron Dennis could well be present at every round of the 2009 world championship, despite his decision to step down as team principal from the beginning of March.

Dennis will hand over the reigns to long-time colleague Martin Whitmarsh in order to concentrate on other aspects of the McLaren Group. However, his new role and his responsibilities to the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) mean he will remain a familiar face in the paddock for the foreseeable future.

“I'll attend most if not all Grands Prix this coming season,” Dennis told Formula1.com. “I'll have work to do at Grands Prix as an influential member and proponent of FOTA, and as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the McLaren Group. After all, it's via Formula One that we've built the platform on which we now intend to grow the McLaren Group further in years to come.”

Professional responsibilities aside, Dennis admitted there was another explanation for his plans to continue accompanying McLaren to all corners of the globe.

“The second reason is that I continue to love the sport of Formula One with every fibre of my being,” he added. “That'll never change.”