Ron Dennis pays tribute to Emilio Botin
Ron Dennis CBE (Executive Chairman and CEO, McLaren Group) has made the following statement:
"Everyone at McLaren is shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Emilio Botin, the Chairman of the Euro zone's largest bank, Santander, a McLaren partner since 2007.
"Emilio was a consummate businessman, who made Santander what it is today: one of the world's leading financial institutions, employing 200,000 people around the globe.
"Passionate and charming, he was firm but always fair. I feel privileged to have known him, and proud to be able to call him a friend.
"He adored motor racing - there was no-one more enthusiastic in the McLaren garage than he was when a race win was in the offing.
"The world has lost a great man.
"To his large and loving family, I send my condolences."