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SBD Global/February 27, 2013/Franchises
Niki Lauda's Comments Put Doubt Over Paddy Lowe's Future
Published February 27, 2013
PUTTING ON A BRAVE FACE: In London, Paul Weaver wrote McLaren says they couldn't "have stopped their technical director, Paddy Lowe, following Lewis Hamilton to join a reshaped Mercedes team at Brackley." Lowe, one of the highest-rated designers in Formula One, will finish out his current contract at Woking before moving to the German team at the end of the year. When asked if he could have precented the move, McLaren Managing Dir Jonathan Neale said: "Slavery was abolished a long period of time ago. It's really difficult to indenture somebody." Instead, the clear message from Neale and driver Jenson Button was "the technical director is dead, long live the technical director." Button said of Lowe's successor: "Having Tim Goss in the position is fantastic. He is the guy who designed the 2012 car that won seven races last year so he knows what he's doing" (London GUARDIAN, 2/26).