Skip to main content

Tech guru Lowe back in the fast lane

May 20, 2013 -- Updated 1804 GMT (0204 HKT)
Paddy Lowe will join Ross Brawn at the Mercedes Formula One team in June.
Paddy Lowe will join Ross Brawn at the Mercedes Formula One team in June.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Paddy Lowe cleared to join Mercedes from McLaren on June 3
  • Lowe to work alongside team principal Ross Brawn as executive director (technical)
  • Williams deputy team principal says finances more important than race result
  • Claire Williams also describes Valtteri Bottas as a future world champion

(CNN) -- After four months on the scrapheap Paddy Lowe will be back in the fast lane in June after his switch from McLaren to Formula One rival Mercedes was confirmed.

Lowe was recruited by Mercedes in January only for McLaren to remove him from his role as technical director and insist he sees out his contract, which was set to expire at the end of the current season.

It was originally thought Lowe would replace current Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn, but he will now work alongside his fellow Briton as "executive director (technical)" from June 3.

The Circuit: CNN's F1 Interactive

There have been protests against Formula One's arrival in Bahrain as the race returned in 2013. Some protesters, pictured here on April 16, wanted F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone to cancel the race. There have been protests against Formula One's arrival in Bahrain as the race returned in 2013. Some protesters, pictured here on April 16, wanted F1 chief Bernie Ecclestone to cancel the race.
F1 makes uncertain Bahrain return
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
>
>>
F1 makes uncertain Bahrain return F1 makes uncertain Bahrain return
The 2013 Formula One season
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
>
>>
F1: 2013 season preview F1: 2013 season preview
"Get him (Webber) out of the way, he is too slow," Sebastian Vettel disdainfully remarked over team radio at last month's Malaysia Grand Prix. The German was instructed not to challenge Webber, who was leading the race, but ignored orders and overtook the Australian with ten laps remaining. Vettel's tactics caused much consternation on social media and reopened the debate about the practicality of team orders in Formula 1. "Get him (Webber) out of the way, he is too slow," Sebastian Vettel disdainfully remarked over team radio at last month's Malaysia Grand Prix. The German was instructed not to challenge Webber, who was leading the race, but ignored orders and overtook the Australian with ten laps remaining. Vettel's tactics caused much consternation on social media and reopened the debate about the practicality of team orders in Formula 1.
Team orders: needless or necessary?
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
>
>>
Team orders: needless or necessary? Team orders: needless or necessary?
Monisha Kaltenborn, seen here at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July 2011, is the first woman to become CEO and team principal of a Formula 1 team. Monisha Kaltenborn, seen here at the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim in July 2011, is the first woman to become CEO and team principal of a Formula 1 team.
Monisha Kaltenborn
HIDE CAPTION
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
>
>>
Monisha Kaltenborn Monisha Kaltenborn

"I am excited to become part of a highly talented and capable technical organization," said Lowe, who follows 2008 world championship-winning driver Lewis Hamilton in swapping McLaren for Mercedes, in a statement.

"That is a challenge I am relishing. I have worked closely with Mercedes-Benz for almost 20 years and deeply admire the company's phenomenal commitment to Formula One. I look forward to much success together in the years ahead."

Lowe adds to a wealth of experience in the Mercedes hierarchy. Brawn oversaw all seven of Michael Schumacher's world titles in addition to Jenson Button's in 2009.

Read: Legendary F1 partners reunite

Mercedes sit fourth in the constructors' championship ahead of Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix, the sixth race of the 2013 season.

"I am delighted to welcome Paddy to the team and to begin working together," said Brawn. "He has an excellent record of success in the sport and would be an asset to any of our rivals in the pit lane.

"Paddy's arrival will further strengthen our organization and puts us in a strong position for the future."

While Mercedes are able to invest in pursuit of race wins, other teams face more stark financial realities.

This time last year Williams were celebrating Pastor Maldonado's win at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Twelve months on Maldonado and rookie teammate Valtteri Bottas both failed to make it out of the first round of qualifying last time out in Barcelona.

While results on the track have been disappointing, deputy team principal Claire Williams insists financial solvency is of greater importance.

"The budget is always the most important thing -- securing more revenue than I did last year," Williams, whose father Frank Williams founded the team, told Formula One's official website.

"That is really important to me -- getting as much money in for the team as I possibly can. The more money you have the better your race car can be, in effect.

"Secondly, making sure politically that the team is in the best position. And thirdly - and probably most importantly -- results.

"Being at the top of the grid and fighting for world championships. I'm not going to give up until we're back again."

Bottas is yet to score a point in Formula One, with his best finish of 11th coming at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Williams praised the young Finn, suggesting he will be challenging at the front of the grid as his career progresses.

"I think we definitely have a future world champion at hand -- but of course we have to give him the car to allow him to prove his talent," declared Williams.

"He has done a good job so far. He has finished every race, made up positions with great overtaking manoeuvres, and is giving strong feedback to the engineers in order to improve the car."

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
Track the buzz of the 2014 Formula One season, race by race, with all the latest social reaction from motorsport experts.
November 7, 2014 -- Updated 1714 GMT (0114 HKT)
Glitz... check, glamor... check. Teams going bust... er, check. F1 generates billion-dollar revenues, so why can't some of its teams stay afloat?
November 7, 2014 -- Updated 1814 GMT (0214 HKT)
With the sport currently facing up to a financial crisis, motorsport journalist Ed Foster explores the history of F1 sponsorship.
October 21, 2014 -- Updated 0958 GMT (1758 HKT)
He's paid millions to drive one of the world's fastest cars, and he's one of F1's most colorful characters, but Kimi Raikkonen loves normality.
October 12, 2014 -- Updated 1745 GMT (0145 HKT)
It took a little longer than expected but MotoGP's young star Marc Marquez wraps up his second world title in Japan.
October 9, 2014 -- Updated 1039 GMT (1839 HKT)
Rising star Daniil Kvyat made history as the home hero at F1's first Russian Grand Prix, ahead of next season's move to Red Bull.
September 19, 2014 -- Updated 1358 GMT (2158 HKT)
Take the fittest driver in Formula One and test him against two of the world's leading triathletes in a high-performance laboratory.
September 5, 2014 -- Updated 1604 GMT (0004 HKT)
Mercedes has the fastest two cars in Formula One this season but there is just one problem -- there can only be one world champion.
He's the best of the rest -- Daniel Ricciardo has been Formula One's surprise package in the first half of the 2014 season.
July 24, 2014 -- Updated 1135 GMT (1935 HKT)
Formula One is not likely to go hungry in Hungary as master chefs cater in volume for drivers, teams and VIP guests.
July 3, 2014 -- Updated 1443 GMT (2243 HKT)
It's the elephant in the room of Formula One. What's the prognosis legendary driver Michael Schumacher?
May 23, 2014 -- Updated 2310 GMT (0710 HKT)
It stimulates all five senses, creating an unparalleled experience for drivers and fans alike. Take a tour of Monaco with Mark Webber.
ADVERTISEMENT