Ron Dennis is to end all his involvement with the McLaren Formula One squad in order to concentrate on the marque's new sports car business, it has been announced today.
All responsibility as CEO of McLaren Racing now goes to Martin Whitmarsh, who became team principal earlier this year.
Regarding his move away from F1, Dennis said: "I passed the role of team principal of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes to Martin Whitmarsh on 16 January, the day of the launch of our new Formula One car.
"That day I was asked many times whether I would attend the 2009 Australian Grand Prix. My answer was 'yes'. I duly attended it - albeit not as the person in charge of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes. It was, I admit, a strange feeling.
"The next race, the Malaysian Grand Prix, I watched on TV in the UK - an activity I found surprisingly easy. I'd expected to be more emotional about it, after an unbroken run of attending so many grands prix for so many years.