–by Mark Cipolloni–
Ex-F1 team owner Eddie Jordan believes McLaren’s shareholders wish former team boss Ron Dennis was back in charge, saying the team is currently “nowhere near where they were” under Zak Brown’s management.
Since, McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown has undertaken many restructuring initiatives and investments to help restore the team’s former luster.
However, in the wake of McLaren’s poor performance in 2022, and its poor start to its 2023 season, Jordan reckons that long-standing team members and perhaps its shareholders now regret the good old days when Dennis was in charge.
“Ron was a perfectionist, wasn’t he? He just had everything planned. He wanted the Sennas, he wanted the Prosts,” Jordan said on the Formula For Success podcast hosted by David Coulthard.
“To be fair, we all laughed and joked, we took the mickey out of Ron a little bit because of how clinical he is, both in cleanliness and the way he prepares the car and the people.
“But I bet they wish they had him back. Because McLaren now are nowhere near where they were.
“You can say what you like, Ron Dennis was just fantastically dedicated and committed to his team and [he was] the unsung hero to the staff members and people.”