McLaren confirms Lowe moving to Mercedes 4 March, 2013 Jenson Button celebrates with Paddy Lowe McLaren‘s sporting director, Sam Michael, has finally confirmed what the entire Formula 1 paddock has suspected for some time – Paddy Lowe is heading to Mercedes. It is a poorly-kept secret that 50-year-old Lowe, formerly McLaren’s technical director, has been placed on ‘gardening leave’ before he moves to Mercedes, perhaps to become the Brackley based team’s new boss in 2014. But in its media statement last week, McLaren said only that Lowe is embarking “on a fresh challenge in 2014″. Mercedes has also refused to officially confirm the news. But McLaren’s Michael has now told British broadcaster Sky: “He (Lowe) has taken his choice to move to Mercedes and we wish him all the best.” Bild, Germany’s biggest newspaper, has heard the same information, reporting that a winning Mercedes would be “a parting gift” from the team’s current boss, Ross Brawn. “Next season he (Brawn) will be replaced by ex-McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe,” read the report. Even Mercedes is beginning to sing from that songsheet. The German newspaper FAZ has quoted motor sport boss and shareholder Toto Wolff as saying, “If Paddy Lowe should come to Mercedes, then there would be a very structured succession plan with Ross, which would be done by mutual goodwill and for the benefit of the team.” Tweet Related NewsButton very much in demand says managerMcLaren preview United States GPBerger to McLaren reports won’t go awayMcLaren deny more key staff set to leaveSporting director Michael to leave McLarenButton linked with Le Mans switch as McLaren ditherBoullier: I understand Jenson may not feel comfortableButton not concerned about his F1 futureAlonso now with Movistar backing key to 2015 gridHamilton staying at Mercedes, Alonso to McLaren deal done Elfredore I think Paddy had a look at what Sam did to the Williams team and decided that it was time to hit the road. I don’t believe that he left for money. He just didn’t want to have Sam’s incompetence reflect badly upon him.