Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle believes that McLaren chairman Ron Dennis will leave the team at the end of the year.
Reports this week suggested that Dennis, who has been instrumental in building the McLaren brand since becoming team principal in 1980. When discussing the reports during Sky Sports F1’s build-up to qualifying for the United States Grand Prix, Brundle said he believes that Dennis will in fact leave the team.
The possibility of Dennis leaving McLaren is not the only story relating to the team circulating around the paddock at the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
Spanish newspaper Marca are reporting that the relationship between Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne and team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has deteriorated to the extent that the Italian team are looking to bring in Eric Boullier from McLaren Honda.
When it comes to Dennis, he owns 25 percent of the McLaren Technology Group but it is believed that has been told by the board and fellow shareholders that his contract will not be renewed at the end of the year.
Brundle, who drove for McLaren has remained close to Dennis but is unsure who will replace the Englishman at the helm of the company.
McLaren recently appointed Volkswagen’s motorsports director Jost Capito as chief executive officer a position that was held by Ron Dennis following the departure of Martin Whitmarsh in 2014.