Paddy Lowe’s move to Mercedes has led to speculation about the future succession plans of team management but for the moment the squad are keen to focus on getting Lowe up to speed with their operation and gaining benefit from his arrival.
When asked if Lowe’s arrival meant that Ross Brawn would be leaving the team in the near future Toto Wolff said, “There is no transition [in management] and Ross is the boss. It’s not on our agenda at the minute.”
Wolff did however comment on the positives that Lowe will bring to the team:
“Getting paddy earlier helps us a lot and he fits in nicely with us,” said the German. “We had a staff meeting last week with him and Paddy said that he always respected Ross from their fights in the past. He is giving his opinion and fitting in fantastically.”
Brawn also commented on the benefits of Lowe joining early and with his role currently being to assess the functions of the team it is clear the benefits that can be offered ahead of major technical changes in 2014:
“It was a bonus getting Paddy early,” said Brawn. “We’ve agreed for him to spend the rest of this year and look at how we are operating. He will look at where we are operating at a good level and perhaps where we could improve based on his experience. Paddy is an objective and constructive guy so it’s been useful particularly with the project for next season. He doesn’t really have any specific instructions at the moment and its operating at a high level. He sees things we do well and things we need to improve on.”
Lewis Hamilton has experience of working with Lowe from McLaren and the 2008 world champion praised his intelligence:
“It’s cool to have Paddy here, he’s an incredibly intellegent guy and it’s nice to have a familar face,” said Hamilton. “I started out working with him many years ago and it’s really nice to have him in the team and I look forward to working with him again.”