Paddy Lowe will join the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team as its ‘Executive Director (Technical)’, the team has confirmed and as we had predicted when his departure from McLaren was announced earlier this year.
Lowe will form part of a three-prong management team headed by Toto Wolff (Executive Director, Business) and Ross Brawn, the Team Principal.. Lowe will start work with the team at the beginning of next month, less than six months after leaving McLaren and with more than six months allegedly left to run on his ‘gardening leave’ contract with his former employer.
Lowe’s twenty-year stint at McLaren now comes to an end, and it is now widely speculated that he is next in line to take over from Brawn when the burly team boss either steps down or is eased aside.
“I am excited to become part of a highly talented and capable technical organisation,” Lowe said of his new deal. “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 1. I look forward to much success together in the years ahead.”
“I am delighted to welcome Paddy to the team and to begin working together,” added Brawn.
“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.
“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 organisation and puts us in a strong position for the future.”
Lowe is the latest is an enormous line of former Technical Directors and chief designers to join the team’s enormous coffers. It remains to be seen whether his arrival will help turn the team’s fortunes around before the end of the season.