Mercedes have finally made the long awaited announcement former McLaren Technical Chief Paddy Lowe will join the team on June 3rd after they secured an early release of Lowe from his McLaren contract.
Speculation had linked Lowe with Mercedes for quite some time and the 51-year-old had been serving a period of 'gardening leave' until his contract expired at the end of this year.
It has been confirmed that Lowe will take the position of Executive Technical Director at Mercedes meaning Team Principal Ross Brawn will retain his job after rumours had linked Lowe with his position.
Shareholder and Director Toto Wolff also keeps his position as Executive Business Director with Brawn retaining control of all "sporting and technical matters".
Brawn who has been at the team since it was Honda, said of Lowe's appointment: "Paddy's arrival will further strengthen our organisation and puts us in a strong position for the future."
There has yet to be an announcement from McLaren as to why they allowed Lowe to leave the team six months before his contract expired, however there has been reports in the media saying a deal had been struck between the two parties as Mercedes is said to be nervous about McLaren's switch to Honda engines is 2015 and the data McLaren will gain from using Mercedes' new V6 turbo unit next year.
Respected journalist James Allen said on his F1 site: "it appears they have leveraged this situation (the move to Honda) to trigger the early release of Lowe".
However German newspaper Die Welt believes Mercedes would have to pay "a handsome fee" to secure the early release.
"This is speculation, and we don't comment on that," a Mercedes spokesman said.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding how Mercedes was able to persuade McLaren to allow Lowe to leave early, the Brackley based team is not hiding its pleasure at having Lowe onboard.
"Mercedes' aim is to work with the best people," Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff told the Austrian news agency APA.
"Paddy is undoubtedly a great gain for us. And its very gratifying that he joins us so soon."
Mercedes already had plenty of highly respected engineers in it's roster before the arrival of Lowe, former Ferrari designer Aldo Costa joined last year while Bob Bell and Geoff Willis are the other well-known engineers/ designers Mercedes have on their team.
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