Last month, Mercedes were dominating the headlines with rumours that Ross Brawn was on the way out, and Paddy Lowe would leave his role at McLaren to join the German team. There was nothing concrete to go on, aside from a noticeably absent Lowe from the McLaren launch, and the speculation died down.
Now, we know that Lowe is leaving McLaren, and although he has not been officially confirmed at Mercedes, it’s reported he will join them in 2014 after a period of gardening leave.
Meanwhile, at McLaren, engineering director Tim Goss has been announced as Lowe’s replacement, taking over the Technical Director role with immediate effect.
Team Principal Martin Whitmarsh has spoken of the change, saying: “Paddy will be performing a different role within McLaren until the end of the year. He’s been a good and successful F1 technical director, and we wish him well... I firmly believe our technical and engineering team is the best in the F1 business... I’m certain that, in his expanded role, Tim will continue to lead it very capably indeed, and will evolve and improve it.”