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McLaren

Former McLaren boss Dennis knighted in New Year Honours

Ron Dennis left McLaren in 2017 but has been knighted for services to charity.

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Former McLaren boss Ron Dennis has been knighted in the New Year Honours list of King Charles III.

Dennis, who left McLaren and F1, in June 2017 after being ousted has received a knighthood for services to charity, with the 76-year-old a founder of the Dreamchasing project that aims to reduce poverty around the world.

Dennis is also chairman and founder of Podium Analytics and Tommy's - charities which help sports stars reduce injury and also support those who suffer complications and loss of children during pregnancy, respectively, with Dennis and former wife Lisa losing a child of their own.

Dennis took control of McLaren in the 1980s, and turned the team into one of the most successful teams in history, winning the Constructors' in 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1998 to go with Drivers' titles in all of those years and 1986 and 2008.

Under his stewardship, Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton all became World Champion, with Dennis stepping down in early 2009 following the Spygate scandal of 2007 and Hamilton winning the title in 2008.

He returned to McLaren having ousted protege Martin Whitmarsh in 2014, and was instrumental in securing the return to Honda power for 2015.

However, a boardroom struggle with the late Mansour Ojjeh and other shareholders saw Dennis's contract expire in January 2017, and formerly leaving the team in June.

He has kept a low profile ever since.

In other motorsport honours news, Red Bull boss Christian Horner's OBE has been upgraded to CBE for services to motorsport.

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