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Dennis "shocked" by Strategy Group

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02/07/2015

As we await - not entirely with bated breath - the latest recommendations of the Strategy Group, McLaren veteran Ron Dennis has become the latest to doubt its credibility.

His Woking outfit is one of the six teams that comprise the controversial group, along with Bernie Ecclestone and Jean Todt.

However, the Briton admits to being frustrated by some of the proposals put forward, particularly by the 'smaller teams'.

He is particularly miffed at the recent suggestion that wind tunnels should be banned - a move proposed, it is understood, by Force India - at a time his company is investing in excess of 30m in a new one.

"I'm shocked at the somewhat cavalier nature of dialogue inside the Strategy Group," he told the Independent, "especially as we are about to invest all this money.

"So when this committee decide what I can and can't have, that is absolutely one thing I am extremely vocal about, anything that's a rule or regulation that affects my ability to use the company's facilities to make us more competitive. That tends to be heavily supported by the have-nots. Again, frustrating.

"I've been involved in 17 world championships personally," he continues, "and I think I understand what it takes to do it. And when you do participate in some of these Strategy Group meetings there is a phenomenal lack of experience in some of the teams. They bring forward things which I know have been tried not just once and failed but tried seven times and failed. But all you can do is voice your opinion at the appropriate time and in the appropriate forum."

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1. Posted by Oldbuzzard, 02/07/2015 23:07

"Those anonymous posters here calling for a total revolution in F1- banning wind tunnels, etc., have little clue what they say. After any revolution there is almost always a huge turmoil as things don't turn out as orginally planned; e.g., Russia, China, Cuba. Banning wind tunnels will only result in the disappearance of F1. But, devising sensible rules for aerodynamic devices on the cars, allowing for the use of wind tunnels, can allow for creativity and continuned use of present tools. The new US F1 team has already teamed with suppliers, like Ferrari and Dallara who have wind tunnels and other design and manufacture tools. Force India could do the same if they had the forethought and insight to do so.
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2. Posted by Yeyox02, 02/07/2015 22:17

"There must be two Formulas 1 : One Formula 1 Let say.... "A-spec" only for non nots or billionaires and another Formula 1 let say ..."B"-spec only for have-nots or poor millionaires. It is very simple this matter. Anyway, poor and rich live apart around the word, why they have to live together in Formula 1? this is not possible."

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3. Posted by Ro, 02/07/2015 9:18

"This so called "Stategy group" have managed to create a strategy that is ruining F1. The teams shouldnt make the rules up !"

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4. Posted by nonickname, 02/07/2015 8:47

"Ah.. the power of arrogance.He is another perfect example of the problem. Someone should do bumper stickers for them saying 'to hell with the poor,they have no place in society'"

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