Lowe: Not too many cooks at Mercedes as every one of us has an unique task

16 July, 2013

Paddy Lowe on the Mercedes pit gantry at Nurburgring

Paddy Lowe on the Mercedes pit gantry at Nurburgring

Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe insists he is not worried Mercedes will hamper its technical progress by having ‘too many cooks’ in the Formula 1 team’s design office.

Even prior to the former McLaren technical director joining the team, boss Ross Brawn was having to defend the swathe of technical experts at work at Brackley.

“Actually it’s perfect,” he had said, “as every one of us has an unique task.”

Having joined Mercedes unexpectedly early, Lowe is yet to be allocated his precise tasks, but he is already working alongside Brawn and Toto Wolff.

“If people say there are too many technical directors at Mercedes,” he is quoted by Brazil’s Totalrace, “all I can say is that it is working for them.

“Mercedes has made fantastic progress in the last 12 months,” added Lowe. “What’s wrong with that?”

Ross Brawn and Mercedes engineers on during the German GP weekend

Ross Brawn and Mercedes engineers during the German GP weekend

“We do have a wide and deep range of senior people at Mercedes, but we are all paid employees respecting the talents of the others. There is a good division of efforts, and it’s working really well,” he said.

Lowe also insisted that, despite the influx of well-known names, revolutionising Mercedes’ existing team structure is not necessary.

“This team won the championship (as Brawn GP) in 2009,” said Lowe.

“And although there were special circumstances surrounding it (the double diffuser), you still cannot win championships if you do not know how to build, run, control and develop a car.

“You don’t win by producing a fast car miraculously. These things come to you with all the right elements, and that’s all there (at Mercedes),” he added. (GMM)


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