The importance of the team principal

The importance of the team principal

Some believe the role of the team principal is underestimated, but he can make or break an F1 team. Dieter Rencken explains why

It was about 15:00 on crashgate Sunday in the McLaren hospitality unit erected within the Singapore paddock. Present were about 30 media members who packed the relatively compact prefabricated structure, and the occasion was the team's regular 'Meet the Team' debrief – postponed, for obvious reasons from its regular late Saturday afternoon slot.

Little did we know at the time, but the plot which ultimately saw Fernando Alonso win Formula 1's first night race was being hatched a couple of buildings down the paddock, but all that is another story, one which has only indirect bearing on this tale by influencing the outcome of that year's titles (to McLaren's benefit), so back to MTT.

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