Dennis against a team principal running F1

Pirelli Media

9 March 2014 by TF1T Staff

Ron Dennis says he would be against the idea of a team principal taking over from Bernie Ecclestone once the 83-year-old relinquishes or is removed from his position.

The McLaren chairman made his comments after Ecclestone claimed he would like to see Red Bull team principal Christian Horner succeed him.

Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo dismissed the idea as a joke and Dennis strongly believes the next F1 boss should be recruited from outside of the sport.

"Personally, and I have nothing against either Christian or any other team principal, [but] I don't think it would be a wise decision to put any former team principal into the position of running F1. There's too much conflict," he told Sky Sports.

Speculation has linked former Sainsburys chief executive Justin Rose to the role, but both Ecclestone and Rose have denied the rumour.

Dennis, whilst not specifically naming the supermarket boss, believes a businessman with a similar background would be ideal.

"I think the sport now is more than mature enough to be able to cope with a very competent business person who has to learn F1 as opposed to an F1 person that has to learn how to run F1.

"I'd rather take the challenge of a hugely experienced chief executive that's got the depth that's needed to run such a complex sport," he added.