F1: Whitmarsh Named McLaren Group CEO, Ferrari Slamming Alonso-Massa Rift Reports Photo:
Mike Stevens | Apr, 21 2010 | 0 Comments

THE LATEST management reshuffle at McLaren has made team boss Martin Whitmarsh an even more powerful figure within the Woking based company.

Ron Dennis is still chairman of both the McLaren Group and the newly separate road car division McLaren Automotive.

But the British outfit revealed on Tuesday that 51-year-old Whitmarsh, already team principal of the Mercedes-powered F1 squad, has been appointed to two new roles.

With immediate effect, he is to be CEO of the McLaren Group and deputy chairman of McLaren Automotive, after Sir Richard Lapthorne resigned his non-executive chairmanship of both companies.

Whitmarsh is also a board member of the McLaren Group and McLaren Automotive.



Ferrari Slamming Alonso-Massa Rift Reports

FERRARI on Tuesday continued to deny a reported rift between its F1 drivers Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

The Italian team slammed "some news outlets" for trying to create "bad blood" between the Spanish and Brazilian pair, after it was suggested Massa had been unhappy with Alonso's pit entry overtaking move during the Chinese GP.

"There is no dispute between Alonso and Massa, they know well what they have to do and will continue doing it, because they know that they are racing for Ferrari and not for themselves," said Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo on a statement posted on the marque's official website.

And in yet another posting on the website, Ferrari quoted Alonso and Massa as being "tired and surprised" when they learned of the media reports after landing in Nice from their flight from Shanghai.

"As it happens quite often, there's always someone who wants to create some confusion," said Massa.

"The situation between me and Fernando is the one it always has been and an overtaking manoeuvre won't change it for sure."

Asked if he has spoken with Alonso about the move, he answered: "Sure, just like we talk to each other every day when we're on the track.

"We both know very well what Ferrari wants from us drivers and what we have to do on the track," he added.

Alonso also said he was "surprise" to learn of the media controversy.

"If someone wants to make a fuss, it definitely won't ruin the spirit of Ferrari," said the Spaniard.

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