This year’s silly season is indeed very silly. Massa returning, Rosberg retiring, Bottas moving (probably).
The latest craziness comes this time from the Italian media claiming that the ex McLaren chief, Ron Dennis is part of a consortium of potential buyers of Manor Racing F1 team.
The rumours have indicated that one set of buyers headed by entrepreneur Ricardo Galael are one set of buyers looking to invest, another competing consortium consists of Chinese lenders with Dennis at the helm.
The Chinese were originally set up to invest into McLaren through Dennis but pulled out due to the high price. Obviously Manor are rather more ‘cost effective’ than the price that Dennis would’ve mandated for the Woking team.
Ron Dennis has traditionally maintained a very high ticket price for any sponsorship of McLaren’s F1 team. This had a knock-on effect which saw the decline of sponsor names on their cars over the years. Most evidenced by McLaren’s inability to replace Vodafone as the teams main title sponsor. Something Zak Brown, Ron’s replacement, is looking to remedy.
Should the first consortium headed by Galael successfully take Manor, the Indonesian born head of KFC Group will nearly certainly put Rio Haryanto back into a race seat.