Dennis pays tribute to Andersson

Ron Dennis has paid tribute to the late Ove Andersson, heralding the former Toyota team boss as “a true gentleman”.

Andersson, a former world rally driver, and later team owner and boss of Toyota, was killed last week in a classic rally crash, aged 70.

McLaren Group Chairman and Chief Executive Ron Dennis expressed his deepest condolences to Andersson’s family describing the Swede as one of motorsport’s most passionate and loyal supporters.

“While Ove Andersson forged his reputation in the world of rallying, I came to know him better during his role as Team Principal of the Toyota Formula 1 team,” said the Englishman.

“The entire motorsport world mourns the passing of one of its most passionate and loyal supporters – a man who was always a true gentleman off the track and a fierce competitor on it. On behalf of the McLaren Group, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.”

Andersson led Toyota into Formula One in 2002, retiring in 2003 but remaining as a consultant to the Cologne based outfit.

The Swede crashed while competing in the Milligan Vintage Trial. He had a frontal collision around a blind corner.