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Dennis Complains of Schumacher Favouritism

Sunday August 12th, 2001

McLaren team chief Ron Dennis believes Michael Schumacher is not punished when he should be, because of FIA favouritism.

The Briton, speaking in an interview for F1 Racing magazine, said: "I enjoy seeing [Schumacher] beaten because I don't buy into this 'Mr Invincible' thing. It's improper that Michael is able to successfully project an aura that says he can do no wrong. I am convinced that if other drivers had perpetrated Michael's more questionable starts and first corner manoeuvres, they would have been censured.

"I am not against Michael, but the view that he is the best is so widespread, that it militates against his misdeeds being punished with the same severity as others would. I don't support such inequality."

Dennis also attacked FIA president Max Mosley, claiming Mosley "fails to demonstrate total impartiality and independence."

"I am sure that marginal calls tend to go in favour of teams other than McLaren or Williams. I am not being paranoid, just realistic," Dennis said also adding that if he were to become the FIA president, he would "go further than Max seems to be prepared to go to demonstrate total impartiality."

Dennis also had a word about the way Bernie Ecclestone is running his side of the sport, claiming that currently the teams are under-represented in the cut of profits from the sport.

"Sometimes I wish [Bernie] could be a bit more appreciative of the efforts made by all of us," Dennis told the magazine. "I will do whatever I can to bring about a more equitable distribution of income. Nobody wants to go to war, but the distribution of income will have to be different in the future."

Published at 15:03:36 GMT

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