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08/06/07
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Ron Dennis preparing to step down?
According to this Planet-F1 News article It's not every day that you hear Ron Dennis saying he's handing his team over to someone else to oversee, but that's just what he's doing over the next week, adding fuel to speculation that he's preparing to step down.

By anyone's standards the last month has been a trying time for McLaren and especially Ron Dennis, who prides himself on his personal and his team's integrity.

However, that has come into question more than once in the past few weeks, first with the Stepneygate spying saga and then again in Budapest on Saturday with the qualifying debacle where either Lewis Hamilton did Fernando Alonso in or Alonso did Hamilton in (depending on your personal view-point).

The two separate dramas have taken their toll on Dennis, who could barely muster the energy to celebrate Hamilton's victory in Hungary. And now the team boss is planning on taking a break from it all.

"I am completely drained of emotion," he told Autosport, "and extremely pleased that I will be taking some holiday, and most of the things that will unfold over the next few days will be in the hands of [McLaren F1 CEO] Martin Whitmarsh.

"We will allow the temperature to go out of the team, and we will address these issues between now and Turkey."

Dennis comments add weight to Planet-F1's belief that it's only a matter of time before the 60-year-old steps away from the F1 paddock and perhaps McLaren as well.

P-F1's Pete Gill reported in the aftermath of the Hungarian GP that Saturday's trials and tribulations 'may hasten the retirement of its chairman, CEO and founder member. Dennis turned 60 in June and could not disguise his exhaustion at Budapest.

'Over the next few weeks, he could be forgiven for concluding that if winning provides so little relief then he might as well step out of the firing line.'
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