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Jenson Button is confident that McLaren will remain a formidable team without the engineering qualities of Paddy Lowe, whose future departure from the outfit was announced on Monday. Tim Goss has taken on the role of Technical Director, while Lowe is expected to complete a move to rivals Mercedes for the 2014 campaign.
Button, who joined McLaren after his title-winning campaign of 2009, reiterated that one of the Woking-based squad’s key qualities is its ‘strength in depth’, with Lewis Hamilton and Lowe’s respective decisions to leave not causing undue concern.
"I didn't come here because Paddy was here and I didn't come here because Lewis was here," said 33-year-old Button. "I came here because this is McLaren, with its heritage and history - its strength in depth. It's not about one individual, it's about the full team, and Paddy leaving is part of the sport. This team will succeed with or without Paddy in the future."
Button was also quick to wish Lowe well for his yet to be confirmed future career, describing an extremely pleasant working relationship with the 50-year-old.
"I really like Paddy," he added. "It has been good fun working with him over the past three years, not just in terms of a working relationship, but also as a friend because he is a good guy and a fun character. But things change and he wants a new challenge, so fair play to him. He has to think about number one. Good luck to him."
Meanwhile, Button has backed Goss to thrive in his new role as technical chief: "Having Tim in the position he is now in is fantastic. He was exceptional in his previous role and I think he will be in this role. He knows exactly what he is doing."
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