Former Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Technical Director Paddy Lowe will now join Mercedes AMG Petronas a lot earlier than expected on June 3rd, and will take up his new post as Executive Director (Technical) at Brackley just in time for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. This is as a result of ongoing discussions leading to a mutual agreement between the two teams at this point, with Lowe’s no-show at the MP4-28 reveal earlier in the year starting the wildfire speculations around the paddock.
His knowledge of working with Mercedes via Woking over the last two decades is one of the key building blocks that will help him integrate into the very capable and heavily technically based organization.
This new start will be a refreshing perspective for Lowe, as the team will also be looking ahead to the future with his help: “The 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 maximize the synergies available to a works manufacturer. That is a challenge I am relishing. I look forward to much success together in the years ahead.”
He will be working closely with Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff, the team’s senior technical management and Team Principal Ross Brawn, who still keeps his role as overseers of matters of a sporting and technical nature within Brackley.
Brawn welcomed Lowe to the team, and recognizes the success that former Woking employee has been a part of during his tenure at McLaren, saying that he would be welcome anywhere within the Formula One community, but that there are still challenges for all ahead: “It is no secret that every team is facing a significant balancing act between this year and next. But it is perhaps less obvious that we will also see major changes for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, as development progresses with the new generation of car design and Power Unit. To deliver in these circumstances, a successful team needs strength in depth. Paddy’s arrival will further strengthen our organization and puts us in a strong position for the future.”
With the “Silver Arrows” continuing along their journey in their 4th season in Formula One, the welcome earlier addition of Lowe will be another aid in the quest to provide new chances with such an eclectic mix of Formula 1 respected greats from a technical standpoint in one place, as Mercedes AMG Petronas continues its quest to push towards more pole positions, podium finishes and some potential victories in the “fastest sport on four wheels.”
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