The future of McLaren chairman Ron Dennis was thrown into further doubt on Friday when a report suggested he had launched legal action to stop the Woking-based outfit placing him on gardening leave.
Dennis is fighting to remain in charge of the Formula 1 team after it emerged last month that the board of its parent company had informed him that his contract would not be renewed.
Having indicated that he had no intention of stepping down, Dennis has been making efforts to find the financial backing that would help him secure a buyout of the team and ensure his future there.
However, a report on Sky News on Friday said that Dennis had been in the High Court in London on Thursday and Friday last week to get an injunction that would prevent him being placed on gardening leave until his contract expires.
With his efforts reported to have failed, Sky’s story claimed that an emergency McLaren board meeting was being convened for Friday night that was expected to lead to his immediate suspension as chief executive.
McLaren has issued a firm ‘no comment’ on the report, and there was no official paperwork to confirm the outcome of the court decision.