Ron Dennis, McLaren, 2012

Ron Dennis pays tribute to Neil Armstrong

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Ron Dennis, McLaren, 2012In the round-up: Ron Dennis talks about how Neil Armstrong, who died on Saturday, inspired him.

Ron Dennis on Neil Armstrong

McLaren group executive chairman Ron Dennis had this to say about the late Neil Armstrong yesterday:

I was saddened to hear of the death of Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the Moon.

The achievement of Armstrong and his colleagues remains perhaps the single most iconic triumph of scientific ambition, against all odds, that the world has seen. It was, and is still, truly inspiring.

It certainly inspired me. In 1969, when Armstrong took that famous ‘one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind’, I was a 22-year-old motor racing technician. But Armstrong showed me, and many others like me, that in our own small way we could also dare to try – and ‘dare to try’ remains a McLaren mantra to this day.


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On this day in F1

Jack Brabham won the Canadian Grand Prix at Mosport 45 years ago today in tricky wet conditions, followed by his team mate Denny Hulme.

As was so often the case in 1967, Jim Clark led to begin with but his Lotus suffered a technical problem – this time it was electrical in nature.

Here’s footage from the race:

Image ?? McLaren/Hoch Zwei