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Senna documentary reduced Dennis to tears

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Ron Dennis congratulates Ayrton Senna on his victory at Suzuka in 1993 © Sutton Images

McLaren boss Ron Dennis admitted that watching the acclaimed new feature-documentary about Ayrton Senna was emotional.

"Yes, at certain points I cried," he said when asked about Senna. "Some of the images touched me deeply. We had a very close relationship, only fighting about contracts."

A strong focus of the film is Senna's intense rivalry with Alain Prost, but Dennis said he did not regret pitting the two against each other. "If you try to win with only one driver, then the ability of the team to win suffers. What's clear is that despite the dispute, we won 15 of the 16 races in 1988."

Dennis admitted he had also been similarly close to other McLaren drivers Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton, and said the relationship between the latter and Jenson Button is "harmonious".

"Martin Whitmarsh has a much easier time with the drivers than I did in my time," he smiled.

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