Dennis denies threatening Bernoldi

McLaren-Mercedes boss Ron Dennis has denied he threatened Enrique Bernoldi in any way during their pit lane confrontation in Monaco

Dennis denies threatening Bernoldi

But he laid into the Arrows team, saying Bernoldi scrapped with David Coulthard simply to earn their sponsors extra laps of television coverage.

Coulthard claimed Bernoldi blocked him several times when he tried legitimate overtaking manoeuvres. The McLaren team boss, stormed up to the Arrows driver after he battled with Coulthard for 35 laps and seriously hampered the Scot's point scoring potential after he had stalled on the formation lap grid.

After the race, Dennis, accompanied by Mercedes motorsport chief Norbert Haug, confronted the Brazilian, who said their attitude scared him.

"It is true I spoke to Bernoldi," said Dennis. "I felt a driver contesting 15th who was effectively chopping across a driver who was contesting a world championship was acceptable for a period of time. But the length of time it happened was unacceptable.

"If that team is so desperate for television it has to resort to those strategies then you can question the behaviour of the team as a whole."

Asked directly if he or Haug threatened they had the power to affect Bernoldi's future career in Formula 1, Dennis replied: "That's rubbish. I said nothing of that sort.

"It was quite a while after the race and I was cool, calm and collected and I was not angry. I have no influence over his career at all. I just told him that in my opinion it was unsporting behaviour."

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