If Ron Dennis had only been a more emollient character, he’d probably never have had to leave the unique £2 billion racing and engineering empire he spent more than three decades building.

Without the celebrated spikiness, the appetite for perversity and the desire to control every detail that are part of his nature, Dennis might now be moving into his senior years as a kind of British Enzo Ferrari, revered, honoured and viewed as an asset by younger, more modern management that now operates the McLaren Group, and wise enough not to get in their way.

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It’s arguable that Dennis’s achievements, when summarised for history, will come to look every bit as great as Ferrari’s - perhaps even greater. Like Ferrari, Dennis moved into the business of racing as rather an upstart, but built a famous and world-beating organisation on two things: determination and the ability to pull off bold financial deals.