Former McLaren man Paddy Lowe made his debut as Mercedes executive technical director at the British Grand Prix weekend, where he was seen on Silver Arrows pit gantry, and at this stage he will report to team principal Ross Brawn, according to team’s executive director Toto Wolff.
Speaking to the official F1 website, Wolff said of Lowe’s immediate role within the team, “We are moving towards a completely different environment with the 2014 regulations and having lots of intelligent people helps us to concentrate on the 2013 activities and have a firm eye on 2014. Paddy is analysing the situation at the moment. He works for Ross and he is fitting in perfectly.”
In effect the team has four senior figures. Apart from Wolff, Brawn and Lowe, there is also Niki Lauda in the equation.
Wolff was asked if this was not a case of too many cooks in the kitchen. he replied, “Niki is the chairman of the board, he is a valuable advisor, but his is more of a mentoring role, a strategic advisory role. He is not in the office every day. The actual running of the team is divided between Ross and myself – between the engineering side and the commercial side – and this functions very well. And Paddy is fitting in very well.”
“I think we should all not forget our core skills and competencies – a screwdriver in my hand would do more damage than good to the car and I am not sure that Paddy is so keen on having to make a sponsorship pitch,” added Wolff.
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