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Dennis names best and worst moments in career

Ron Dennis has named Mika Hakkinen’s near-fatal crash in 1995 as the worst memory in his long McLaren career.

The 63-year-old, for a long time the Woking based team’s F1 principal and still the executive chairman and shareholder, said his first title as boss – with Niki Lauda in 1984 – is his best memory.

“The finest moment?” Dennis is quoted by Turun Sanomat in Finland.  “Of course I should say it was the last championship with Lewis, but for me it was the first one with Niki.”

The Briton did not hesitate when contemplating his lowest point.

“The worst was when I had to go to a hospital in Adelaide after Mika’s accident,” revealed Dennis.  “There was a possibility that a driver had died in my car.

“Fortunately that never happened,” he added.

Dennis named Hakkinen, Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna as McLaren’s best drivers.

“Mika I choose for his honesty, Lewis for his uncompromising attitude, and Ayrton because of his passion,” he said.