Dennis resigns as McLaren head

McLaren has unveiled its 2009 challenger that will attempt to win them this season’s Formula One...

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McLaren has unveiled its 2009 challenger that will attempt to win them this season’s Formula One constructors and drivers world championships.

The team revealed its car at its technology centre in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><place w:st="on"><?xml:namespace prefix="u2"?><place u3:st="on">Surrey on Friday but among the celebrations there was no doubt a bit of sadness as well.

McLaren boss Ron Dennis has announced that he will step down as team principle on 1 March with current CEO Martin Whitmarsh taking over.

Dennis has been the team principle of the British-based team since 1981 and has acted as a mentor for current world champion Lewis Hamilton.

He contracted <city w:st="on"><place w:st="on"><place u3:st="on"><city u3:st="on">Hamilton to a long-term agreement at McLaren at the age of 14.

In January 2007, Dennis sold half of his 30% share in the McLaren group, fuelling speculation that he was going to step down.

He was increasingly critical of FIA president Max Mosley.