Ex-Formula 1 driver Ralf Schumacher has revealed that he “couldn’t work” with ex-McLaren Group CEO Ron Dennis, which is why he’s “completely happy” that he never raced for the Woking-based team.
Schumacher made his F1 debut in 1997, after being offered a seat at the Jordan F1 Team by owner Eddie Jordan.
The son of Michael Schumacher spent two seasons with Jordan, before moving to Williams in 1999.
He remained at Williams from 1999 until the end of 2004, a period of time in which he secured pole position on five occasions and victory six times.
A three-year stint at Toyota followed, before he left F1 for a career in DTM in 2008.
Nowadays, Schumacher is seen in the F1 paddock as a pundit, although he was recently reunited with the team owner that gave him his big break.
Schumacher appeared on the Formula For Success podcast which is hosted by Eddie Jordan and fellow ex-F1 driver David Coulthard, where he discussed what it was like working with the Irishman.
The German praised working with Jordan, after the ex-team owner asked him if he was the worst team boss to work for.
Schumacher declined and stated that the worst team boss would’ve been Dennis if he moved to McLaren, with the ex-F1 driver noting that the ex-McLaren CEO is the sort of person he “couldn’t work with”.
“No, that’s not true,” Schumacher said on the Formula For Success podcast.
“First of all, [you] gave me the opportunity. And it could have been worse: I could have ended up with Ron Dennis, so I’m completely happy that that didn’t happen, I have to say. I think I couldn’t work with a man like that, so I’m happy.
“For Eddie, it was his business, his baby, and I’m sure it wasn’t always easy. And I remember that time we made proper motor racing: 16 to 18 times a year, amazing cars, sounds, look, we had a nice track, we had nice catering – not as big as today, but always fancy and for 10 per cent of the money. Recently not, but before the budget cap.”