Who among us thinks Ron Dennis should stay in his job? Ron Dennis for one, who on Sunday announced in the News of the World that he was not going to quit because "I do not think it would be in the best interests of the team." How much more proof do we need of how far out of touch he has become?

If any normal British business was found in possession of that much illicitly acquired information belonging to its closest rival, its chief executive would not need to be sacked because, in all likelihood, he’d have reached for his hat and coat on the day he first became aware of it. Yet Dennis continues despite the fact that, far from the information belonging to just one rogue employee as originally stated, it had clearly become much more widely disseminated throughout his organisation. And despite his protestations that there was no way any of this information could possibly have been used in the design of any McLaren, we now hear that, according to Autosport, "Ferrari-inspired parts were being considered for their 2008 car", eliciting an apology to the FIA and Ferrari that would have carried substantially more weight if it had been issued sooner.