Paddy Lowe has followed Lewis Hamilton’s example and left McLaren for Mercedes.
It came as a surprise of sorts, with many predicting an eventual move to the Silver Arrows but believing it would be once the 2013 season draws to an end. On the contrary, Monday, June 3rd 2013 will be Lowe’s first day at the office.
Lowe previously acted as McLaren’s technical director until he was replaced in the role by Tim Goss in February. His subsequent absence from the McLaren car launch in Woking led pundits to believe the transition would be imminent.
Lowe is joining Mercedes as the technical director but so far Ross Brawn has stated that as team principal, he holds the overall control of the team’s technical side.
On the move, Lowe said “I am excited to become part of a highly talented and capable technical organisation. 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 maximise the synergies available to a works manufacturer.
That is a challenge I am relishing. I have worked closely with Mercedes-Benz for almost 20 years and deeply admire the company’s phenomenal commitment to Formula One. I look forward to much success together in the years ahead.”