I watched the full coverage of the Mclaren launch and failed to spot Paddy Lowe, that seems a bit strange since he’s the technical director and the man in charge of the design; I think this may suggest the rumours of him joining mercs may just materialise.
By “election” he means that he (Lowe) himself elected to not be present at the launch, but i’ve learnt that in F1, never believe what you hear, remember the reassurances that Hamilton would stay put at Macca?
@prisoner-monkeys As I read it, Lowe will stick around for this year, but next year is still an open question. I’m guessing Lowe will still end up at Mercedes, albeit now later rather than sooner. How much of his stay this year would be as a form of gardening leave, I’m not sure. Still, I think Lowe’s absence raised more questions than answers among the media.
If that is correct, McLaren will be in a bit of an odd position. If they can’t win the title themselves, a small part of them might want to root for Mercedes to win. Not so much because of Lewis, but because that would strengthen Ross Brawn’s position there, and lessen their need for a Paddy Lowe…