I don't know about saving face but regardless of ownership issues replacing Dennis would only contribute to more chaos. He just can't do anything he wants. If he couldn't find hundreds of millions to buy the majority I don't know how he can manage it now (not that I care or know anything about it).Sasha wrote:It was a last minute face save.
To get Ron Dennis to back down,the Bahrains gave him about another year to find funds to buy their shares and during that time period,they gave him full control.
But they got their driver choice to keep Honda happy.
My understanding is the Bahrains think Dennis will still not be able to find the funds but they will work on Honda to buy their shares.At the moment,Honda or Dennis are interested in that.
"Make Honda happy"? 1. They are paying for it. 2. Do you really think that anyone but Honda would be happy with "best possible line-up" of Button-Magnussen? McL said they want to put Magnussen in some small team in 2016 but I'm sceptical. After all this mollycoddling and hype all that was required of him was to have four or five decent performances against ancient Button. It didn't happen and it was the opposite towards the end. True, they put him in F1 too soon (Vergne was my comparison) but he had it easier than Kova or Perez being the chosen one of the boss. I guess we'll see in 2017 or maybe 2016. Let's say Vandoorne has a great GP2 season (BTW he's that tall/heavy) what then?
McLaren's intent to "help" some small team is another indication they prefer stooge AKA customer teams to three cars.