McLaren boss admits Lowe’s future uncertain

31 January, 2013

Paddy Lowe (GBR) McLaren Technical Director. Formula One World Championship, Rd 17, Indian Grand Prix, Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, New Delhi, India, Qualifying Day, Saturday 29 October 2011.

Paddy Lowe

A notable absentee at the launch of  their 2013 Formula One challenger – the McLaren MP4-28 – on Thursday was McLaren’s technical director Paddy Lowe.

Ross Brawn confirmed recently that Lowe, initially in talks with Williams, had discussed a possible future move to Mercedes.

McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh told reporters at Woking, where the wraps were taken off the evolutionary MP4-28, that 50-year-old Briton Lowe is staying put for 2013.

“The future is less certain,” he admitted.

As for why Lowe is sitting out the launch, Whitmarsh said the technical director made the decision himself, to save the team the “embarrassment” of facing up to the recent controversy on the eve of McLaren’s fiftieth anniversary.

Lowe “doesn’t want to be a distraction,” Whitmarsh said. “At his own election he felt it was inappropriate to be here.

“He’ll be part of the team for the rest of this year,” he added.

McLaren has followed Ferrari’s lead by switching to a ‘pull-rod’ layout for the MP4-28′s front suspension.

Racing it in 2013 will be Jenson Button and new arrival Sergio Perez.

“The MP4-28 isn’t merely a refinement of last year’s seven-race winning car,” McLaren said in a statement, “it’s a deep and sweeping redesign of an already successful chassis in several key areas.” (GMM)

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