Mercedes bound Lowe to go on gardening leave for a year 25 February, 2013 Paddy Lowe Having sat out the launch of the new MP4-28, McLaren‘s technical director Paddy Lowe will now not travel to Australia for the 2013 opener. The news continues the saga of Lowe’s uncertain future, with the Guardian newspaper claiming on Monday that a move to Mercedes for the 50-year-old is “a done deal”. “He will join the team in time to oversee the massive (rule) changes for 2014,” said journalist Paul Weaver. Weaver explained that Lowe will remain under contract to McLaren this year, but he will be on so-called ‘gardening leave’ in order to protect the Woking based team’s technical secrets. Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn insisted recently that his position is safe, but Weaver thinks Lowe could eventually take over “unless Mercedes make significant progress” in the near future. McLaren have been asked to comment. (GMM) Related NewsButton calls for cleaner F1 title battle fightHamilton and Magnussen to start from pitlaneRed Bull rivals targeting Vettel claims MarkoButton: Problem is Lewis expected me to let him pastMcLaren lose long-time sponsor to MercedesButton backs Hamilton to win on home soilHamilton: No new contract but I am happy with MercedesWolff surprised by McLaren and Ferrari strugglesWolff: I am convinced that what McLaren learns is being exchanged with HondaMcLaren feeling effects of Whitmarsh absence says Lauda Durptron5000 If Brawn leaves this will turn ugly. I really hope that doesn’t happen for Nico’s sake. Brawns one of the only people who give Rosberg the proper level of respect, this could turn into a mini McLaren real quick with everything being evolved around Hamilton even though Nico had been with the team from day one. Apex Assassin Merc haven’t forgotten that Dennis and Ojjeh chose to sell their shares to Middle Eastern inverstors and that Macca are now producing a sportscar that competes directly for high end sales. I think that’s why Merc engines (with or without gearbox) will be the most expensive. They simply don’t want Mclaren to have them. Merc seemed to be poised for success, though I’m shocked they didn’t grab Rory Bryne too! 2014 is shaping up to be a corker! bunko Mclaren has lost so many talented people in the past decade. Newey, Raikkonen, Montoya, Alonso, and now Hamilton and Lowe. There must be something really unappealing about that organization that makes it easy to decide to leave. McLarenfan Mercedes made with McLaren resembles BAR Purchase the win no matter what next they will buy Craig Pollock to talk Jacques Villeneuve to replace Rosberg MaroonJack @Durptron5000: Nico will have a full year to prove his critics wrong, and he has a headstart compared to Lewis. I think he will be a really tough, challenging team mate for Hamilton. Hawk this year we will know where Nico stands as a driver because Lewis has already proved himself and he is the benchmark. we will see how he uses the small advantage he has of being with the team longer. the past 3 years could not really show us anything because he teamed with a man who was already past it.