News: Former McLaren F1 Boss Helps UK Hospitals In Pandemic Fight

Former McLaren F1 Boss Helps UK Hospitals In Pandemic Fight

By News Desk
April 7, 2020

With the Covid-19 virus still a major threat, the world’s doctors, nurses and hospital staff are under intense pressure for resources, not to mention their own health and well-being. As a result, we’ve seen many companies pitching in to help, whether it’s producing personal protection equipment or finding other ways to make the lives of our first responders easier. And the family of Formula 1 is no exception.

Ron Dennis, formerly the head of McLaren Formula 1 team, is spearheading an initiative called, that will supply quality meals to staff of Britain’s National Health Service for at least the next three months, for when they can’t leave their posts. Dennis and his family have donated £1million ($1.2 million) to the initiative, and have garnered support from grocery and delivery companies in the U.K.

“This is a time when all of us, individuals and businesses alike, need to stand up and be counted in the effort to combat COVID-19. We’re all in this together,” said Dennis.

Dennis isn’t the only link from F1 in the fight. Seven F1 teams based in the U.K. – Haas, McLaren, Mercedes, Racing Point, Red Bull, Renault and Williams – have formed what they call ‘Project Pitlane’, to use their engineering and building capabilities to produce ventilators and Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines for hospitals desperate for more equipment. The Mercedes F1 team has also developed a new breathing apparatus and made its designs freely available to anyone who can build them. The reigning World Champion is currently building 1,000 a day from its engine factory in Brixworth, U.K.

“It is a phenomenal achievement that they are arriving at hospitals only two weeks after the first prototype was built,” said Professor David Lomas, the Vice Provost Health at UCL Hospital in London. “It shows what can be done when universities, hospitals and industry work together for the national good.”

*Images courtesy of McLaren F1

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1 year ago

This is very unexpected and also very pleasant! Formula 1 great fellows, now many are engaged in supporting patients with coronavirus and this is very commendable! Thank you for such important news! My website

Eva Williams
Eva Williams
1 year ago

Hello! Thank you for such a wonderful and interesting article. I think Ron Dennis is a really good person. Not everyone can donate so much money. I’m glad there are people like him. How many problems and deaths this virus has brought. I have a feeling that only when we all get together and fight against COVID-19, only then will we be able to defeat it. But for some reason, not all people have such an opinion, of course, it is very beneficial for someone so that most people have everything bad
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2 years ago

That is what I call a class act. Thank you Mr. Dennis. 👍🏁🏁