Former McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe has secured an early release from his contract in order to join rival team Mercedes six months earlier than first intended.
The Briton, who will occupy the position of Executive Director at the Brackley-based Anglo-German team, will start work for Mercedes on 3rd June in time for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Lowe said earlier this year that “I am excited to become part of a highly talented and capable technical organisation. The team [Mercedes] 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.”
Mercedes supremo Ross Brawn was quoted as saying:
“He [Lowe] 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’s move to Mercedes is the latest in a long line of key personnel defections from other top teams, including Bob Bell, Geoff Willis and former Ferrari man Aldo Costa. The change of position has reunited Lowe with former McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, with whom he worked with between 2007 and 2012.