Dennis: McLaren “must end the season winning”

Dennis: McLaren “must end the season winning”

Ron Dennis says McLaren “must” return to the top step of the podium in 2014, despite the current dominance of rivals Mercedes.Ron Dennis in the garage.

The Woking-based outfit is trying to bounce back from a disastrous 2013, after it failed to score a podium finish for the first time since 1980.

“I think we could win races in the later part of the season,” he told the official Formula 1 website. “I want to see a linear progression because we must end the season winning. This has to be our objective.

“We can’t win today. The fact is that F1 is less cyclical as a sport. We used to have a very clear winter closure – now it’s continuous. So if we don’t have the luxury of some regulation changes, we have to be competitive as soon as possible this year- and we will be.”

The team has a new driver for this year, with Kevin Magnussen replacing Sergio Perez and joining the experienced Jenson Button. “The decision to take Kevin was mine,” Dennis admitted.

“It was only possible to take Kevin because of my decision – that would be accurate. I took the decision because I felt that we needed to see if he could meet the expectations of our engineers, and so far he has done a great job.”

Despite McLaren junior and GP2 racer Stoffel Vandoorne waiting in the wings, Dennis expects Button to stay on for 2015: “Anything is possible, but Jenson is doing a great job. He is quick and he is dedicated so there is no reason not to stay with Jenson from any perspective. But we still have a whole season to go.”

He feels that he has “unfinished business” at the eight-time constructors’ champions after returning as Group CEO earlier in the year.

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Jack Leslie

Jack Leslie

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