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GP Week : Issue 183
Monaco Singapore Abu Dhabi Austin 24/25/26 May 21 / 22 September 1 / 3 November 15/16/17 November AMBER LOUNGE THE ULTIMATE VIP GRAND PRIX EXPERIENCE 2013 CELEBRATING 10 YEARS VIP Parties Fashion Shows Dining Hospitality Live Acts BlackBook-210x282.indd 1 01/03/2013 17:52 F1 >>> NEWS LOWE AND BEHOLD – the rumours were true Mercedes have finally confirmed what was already an open secret in the Formula One paddock: Paddy Lowe, former McLaren technical boffin, is joining the Silver Arrows. Lowe, currently on gardening leave from McLaren, will begin work at Mercedes’ Brackley base on 3 June, earlier than initially planned, and will take on the title of Executive Director, Technical. Lowe’s departure was confirmed by McLaren in February, before the 2013 season got underway. At the time, Lowe was put on gardening leave by McLaren, as the terms of the Briton’s employment meant he had to see out his contract – due to expire at the end of the year – before being allowed to move at the start of 2014. But the Woking-based squad have let Lowe move sooner than expected which means he joins Mercedes ahead of next year’s radical rule changes and – while work on the team’s 2014 car is well underway – will have some input into its design, however limited. “I am excited to become part of a highly talented and capable technical organisation,” Lowe said. “T he team has already produced probably the fastest car of the 2013 season while the technical challenges of the new regulations for 2014 will give us the opportunity to maximise the synergies available to a works manufacturer.” Ross Brawn, whose future with the team was thrown into doubt when news of Lowe’s move first emerged, will stay on as team principal. “I am delighted to welcome Paddy to the team and to begin working together,” Brawn said when Lowe’s appointment was confirmed. “He has an excellent record of success in the sport and would be an asset to any of our rivals in the pit lane. It is no secret that every team is facing a significant balancing act between this year and next.” Rumours of Lowe’s move first began to circulate when Williams’ executive director and shareholder Toto Wolff left the outfit for the top motorsport job at Mercedes early this year amid a management shake-up at the Brackley-based squad. Wolff had initially offered Lowe a position at Williams, but tempted him to join Mercedes after his move to the German marque. It was rumoured that Wolff had offered Lowe the team principal role at Mercedes, sparking speculation over Brawn’s future after three largely unsuccessful years leading the squad. But Wolff and Brawn are working well together, and in a recent interview with The Financial Times Wolff said he would leave it up to Brawn to decide his own future, leading to questions over where Lowe would fit in in the overall management structure at Mercedes. “ W ho am I to push Ross Brawn out?,” Wolff asked. “T hat guy won 15 world championships, with three different teams, and won races with four different teams.” But Wolff did hint that Brawn might like a less involved role, similar to the one Patrick Head took on at Williams, and it appears that Lowe will initially work alongside the former Ferrari technical director before eventually taking over Brawn’s role when the older man decides to retire. “T he ball is in his court,” Wolff said. “Ross is conscious that he will not do this forever. We are committed long term and he needs to look after someone who is able to do it.” 8 GPWEEK.com // 8 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: