McLaren confirm Lowe to leave at end of year

2013 F1 season

Paddy Lowe, McLarenMcLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe will leave at the end of the year, the team has confirmed.

Tim Goss has taken over from Lowe “with immediate effect”. Lowe has been linked with a move to Mercedes and is expected to join them in time for the 2014 season.

Lowe joined McLaren in 1993 and has been the team’s technical director since 2011.

Goss has been with McLaren since 1990 and was responsible for the team’s MP4-23, MP4-25 and MP4-27 cars, which scored a total of 18 Grand Prix victories, as well as this year’s MP4-28.

“I’d like to offer my congratulations to Tim on his new position, which, after more than 20 years of exceptional service for McLaren, he richly deserves,” said team principal Martin Whitmarsh.

“It’s a little-known fact, for example, that over the past 23 years he’s made crucial technical and engineering contributions to the winning of five of McLaren’s 12 drivers’ world championships and three of McLaren’s eight constructors’ world championships, and that he’s been the principal definer and developer of McLaren’s F1 car design function for more than five years.”

“I firmly believe that our technical and engineering team is the best in the F1 business,” he added, “and that its strength in depth has always been and will continue to be an important element of our on-track success.”

Whitmarsh said Lowe “will be performing a different role within McLaren until the end of the year”. “We wish him well when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014.”

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84 comments on McLaren confirm Lowe to leave at end of year

  1. Ambik (@ambikm) said on 26th February 2013, 6:55

    Oh hell yeah! Newey yet not extended his contract with the Red Bulls,did he? Haha.. ;) I mean half of the paddocks technical heads are now in Mercedes.Now I wouldn’t be surprise if Niki does a voodoo to bring back Charles Darwin and create a Big Bang for the Mercedes team in the near future.. :) I mean @keithcollantine is this the first team to have such a variety of proven technical heads altogether?

    But on a more serious note,it would be interesting to see how the likes of Costa,Willis,Brawn and now Paddy(Oh lord!) will create an eatable dish for Nico and Lewis.

    • @ambikm

      Now I wouldn’t be surprise if Niki does a voodoo to bring back Charles Darwin and create a Big Bang for the Mercedes team in the near future

      You’ve got your scientists mixed up: it was Edwin Hubble who came up with the big bang theory and Charles Darwin is credited with the theory of evolution! ;) I see your point though, but he may be better to use his voodoo powers to bring back Colin Chapman and Gordon Murray, although the latter would be rather annoyed at the restricted creativity!

      • Ambik (@ambikm) said on 27th February 2013, 6:30

        You’ve got your scientists mixed up: it was Edwin Hubble who came up with the big bang theory and Charles Darwin is credited with the theory of evolution! ;)

        @vettel1 We all know Armstrong to be the first person to land on the moon,we hardly remember or speak of Aldrin,isn’t it? ;) And yes Murray would be a lot frustrated now.

  2. Salcrich said on 26th February 2013, 8:12

    Given the number of “technical / operational” issues which have been so readily debated last season don’t forget that this change at the top and internal promotion, however unwelcome, will give an opportunity to restructure and address other unspoken issues.
    If they seize the opportunity and manage it properly it may prove a good thing for Mclaren. A corporation like them will have a succession plan and the managed loss of key personnel should not be such a disaster – corporate life goes on.

  3. coefficient (@coefficient) said on 26th February 2013, 9:18

    Interesting comments from Whitmarsh, like he’s saying to Mercedes “enjoy your London Bridge, we know you meant Tower Bridge but we’re keeping that thanks!” LOL!

  4. The Limit said on 26th February 2013, 15:00

    Since September we have all debated the wisdom of Lewis Hamilton’s decision to drive for Mercedes in 2013 instead of McLaren. Many people on this site, and F1 drivers and commentators also, have suggested that Hamilton has made a terrible decision by leaving McLaren.
    One has to wonder however, as to Paddy Lowe’s reasons for leaving? Now here’s a man who has been at McLaren for two decades, has worked with many drivers over the years and helped the team attain success. He is also a man who has seen alot and understands the sport and its politics. Yet he has also decided to join Mercedes Benz, a team many believe will struggle like pigs this year with no deifinitive proof to suggest that 2014 will be any better.
    Cast your mind back several years, didn’t McLaren have Adrian Newey building their cars before losing him to a team not many people rated that highly? Ofcourse that team was Red Bull and they have triple drivers and constructors championships under their belts due largely to Newey’s efforts to boast. Yet again we see a trend, and the trend is more and more talent moving away from McLaren. And they are long standing, highly skilled employees to boot who won’t be easy to replace.
    We all saw the effect the departures of Ross Brawn and Jean Todt had on Ferrari for example. Its not easy, even for the Scuderia, to replace men like these with that much know-how. Its easy to look at Red Bull now and think, rich buggers, but the fact remains that at one stage less than a decade ago they were Jaguar without a pot to pee in or a window to throw it out.

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