The transfer of the coveted top engineer paddy lowe from the english formula 1 team mclaren to mercedes is perfect. The 51-year-old briton will join the team on 3. June 2013, as the german racing team announced on monday. Lowe to become engineering director at mercedes. Ross brawn remains team principal responsible for all technical and sporting matters. This means that speculation that lowe will replace his compatriot in this role at mercedes is currently at least a moot point. Brawn was considered controversial because mercedes has not been able to achieve the hoped-for success since its comeback as an independent factory team in 2010.
Lowe joined the traditional williams team as chief electronics engineer in 1987 after graduating from university. After moving to mclaren in 1993, he rose to the position of technical director there. At mclaren, lowe worked closely with mercedes-benz for almost 20 years. He "deeply admires the brand’s fabulous commitment to formula one" and looks forward to "many successes together in the years to come," he said. There had already been speculation about this change for weeks. Mclaren, which has been running on mercedes engines for years and was the company’s grand prix partner for a long time, has already appointed tim goss as lowe’s successor as technical director.
After the past season, the swabians had therefore parted company with their motorsport director norbert haug after more than 20 years. His successor, toto wolff, has already made a number of changes as part of a restructuring process. Among other things, managing director nick fry had to go. "Paddy is a further strengthening of our structure, which puts us in a strong position for the future," said brawn. Lowe was also pleased with the decision: "i am thrilled to become part of this highly talented and competent technical team. The team has built probably the fastest car in the 2013 season."
This statement is quite surprising, because so far this season the mercedes has not been able to keep up with competitors like red bull, ferrari and lotus in the race either. The best results came from newcomer lewis hamilton, who finished third twice. Things look better in qualifying after five of 19 races: here, mercedes was at the front three times, but was then pushed to the back in the race. As in previous years, the high tire wear is a major problem for the mercedes race car. Improvement could come by changed tires, which are to be used after numerous complaints starting from the next grand prix in montreal (canada).