It is official and Paddy Lowe is all set to join the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS team on June 3rd 2013. This agreement between MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes reached its logical conclusion and Paddy Lowe is officially set to join the team and his presence will add further dimension to the team as he takes over as Executive Director – Technical.
Lowe had been placed on ‘gardening leave’ from McLaren, but due to the fact that the two teams came to a common agreement, Lowe was relieved of his duties thus permitting him to join Mercedes team well before appointed time. Lowe on his part is excited at joining Mercedes. He has been associated with Mercedes Benz for nearly 20 years and looks forward to working with the team in the years ahead.
Paddy 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.”
Team Principal Ross Brawn said, “I am delighted to welcome Paddy to the team and to begin working together. 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.”