Sometimes a fresh challenge is good. It is the reason, we’re told, that Lewis Hamilton left McLaren for Mercedes. It is also the reason that, McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh suggested, Paddy Lowe is also leaving for Mercedes. But many fans are wondering what this could mean for current Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn.
According to Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda, Brawn isn’t going anywhere…which in Formula One circles means he may be heading for a “fresh challenge” himself. Lauda told Reuters:
“I cannot officially say anything…McLaren put him on ‘gardening leave’ so let’s wait and see,” Lauda, who is also a Mercedes team shareholder, told Reuters at a Motorsport magazine Hall of Fame event in London when asked whether Lowe would eventually find his way to Mercedes.
“But what I want to make clear is that Ross is not even discussed. If Paddy Lowe is coming or not, I cannot tell you now…but there is peace. Ross is in his position and will stay in his position. Everything is under control.”
Niki Lauda is usually good for a quote and while Brawn suggested last month that he isn’t going anywhere, it is unclear on just how Lowe will fit in with Ross Brawn, Bob Bell, Aldo Costa and Geoff Willis. All these men have held technical director positions at one time or another and there seems to be a lot of chefs in the kitchen at Mercedes.