Dennis weeps after fraught Monza contest

Mon, 10 September 2007, 02:59

Ron Dennis laid his emotions bare on Sunday after his McLaren team secured a dominant one-two in the Italian grand prix.

The Mercedes-powered display not only makes it increasingly unlikely that a Ferrari rival can bridge the gap in the championship in the remaining four races, but it was a welcome boost for McLaren after a horror weekend off the track.

So, eight years after Mika Hakkinen cried tears of despair at the Autodromo Nazionale, boss Dennis similarly could not hold back the emotion as he spoke after the race to the German broadcaster Premiere.

“It was a very difficult weekend,” said the Briton, referring to the reopening of the espionage scandal and his receipt of notice that he may be pursued by Italian authorities in the criminal system.

“For everyone in the team it was hard to retain the concentration, but we did it.”

Dennis’ wife Lisa also chipped in: “He lives for racing, this victory means everything to him.

“He rarely comes to me with his problems, but when you see someone as important as he is to me suffer, then you do as well.”

With emotion returning to Dennis’ voice and face, he turned to his wife and replied: “That means a lot …”

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