Is Ron Dennis turning into Peter Stringfellow?

Ron Dennis, who’s the subject of a very revealing interview in the current edition of Esquire, has been telling us about the parties he throws. We must say it’s come as a bit of a surprise as he was always seen as the quiet one in the F1 world.

One invitee told us, “You’ll get an invite which says bring a bikini and your passport to such and such address and that’s it. When you get there he whisks you off on his plane to the Antarctic or somewhere similar.”

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Ron says: “Yes, that happened. You get a list of what to bring and you haven’t got a clue of where you’ll go. The last party I held saw us move from northern Finland to Russia to Sweden. It involved a tremendous amount of planning. We had reindeer sleds, snomobiles and ice racing. Because it was Finland I had several world rally champions driving a circuit on an ice lake so if you crashed you’d end up in a snow bank and wouldn’t damage yourself.

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The next minute you’d be in the woods and jumping naked into an ice hole. All these extremes! Every piece of clothing  was made for them and everyone looked the same all the time. Some people might say it’s me being a control freak, but it’s not that. First of all it’s great to create expectation in people. Secondly, it’s nice that you’re with friends having a new experience and you’re sharing that new experience.” You know our address Ron. . .  

The full interview is in the February issue of Esquire