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Lowe: No need for revolution at Mercedes 03 Jul 2013

Paddy Lowe (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Executive Director (Technical).
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Practice, Silverstone, England, Friday, 28 June 2013 Bob Bell (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain, Friday, 19 April 2013 Aldo Costa (ITA) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Chinese Grand Prix, Qualifying, Shanghai, China, Saturday, 13 April 2013 Geoff Willis (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice, Barcelona, Spain, Friday, 10 May 2013 Toto Wolff (AUT) Mercedes AMG F1 Director of Motorsport and Ross Brawn (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 Team Principal celebrate.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, British Grand Prix, Race Day, Silverstone, England, Sunday, 30 June 2013

Recently-appointed Mercedes executive director (technical), Paddy Lowe, says that his arrival from McLaren will not initiate revolutionary changes at the team.

Mercedes now have one of the largest and most experienced senior management line-ups in F1, but Lowe rejects the suggestion that he will be stepping on anyone’s toes: “I've not come in to displace Bob (Bell, technical director), Aldo (Costa, engineering director) or Geoff (Willis, technology director), who are all doing fantastic work,” he said.

“There is absolutely no intention or need to displace what they do. I've definitely come in at a higher level to work with Toto (Wolff, executive director) and Ross (Brawn, team principal) around the strategy of the business.”

As such, Lowe also has firm views on the popular notion that Mercedes now have ‘too many cooks’: "People think there are too many technical directors at Mercedes, but it does seem to be working for them," he reasoned.

"I think they've made fantastic progress over the last 12 months - so what's wrong with that? Actually, it's not as though there are a whole bunch of ‘cooks’ trying to do the same job. There is just a huge amount of work you have to do in this business if you want to be successful.

"Even though we have a very wide and deep range of senior people at Mercedes, we're all gainfully employed and we all respect each other’s talents, play to our strengths and work together. There has been a very good division of effort between the different players and I'm fitting into that.

"You need that strength in depth to put the attention on all the different things. I would almost say that other teams are weak in that respect, rather than it being an anomaly of Mercedes.

"There's certainly no need for revolution - it's a great team and they're working really well together."

Speculation has linked Lowe to the role of team principal - a position currently held by Ross Brawn. Speaking at his first race with the team at Silverstone, Lowe denied that any plan was in place for him to replace Brawn.

"Ross is team principal at the moment," he said. "We don't know how long he will want to remain as team principal - those plans aren't made.

“I've come in to strengthen the team in its existing form, which I can do. There's a great deal to be done and I've already started to augment what we've got. What the future brings in terms of progression from there remains to be seen - it isn't set or defined at the moment."

However, Lowe admitted that he does feel capable of filling the team principal position, should Brawn decide to vacate the role in the future: "I would be fine with that if that is how it turns out,” he said. "I think I have got what it takes to take that on.”

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