Whitmarsh: Lowe release the right thing to do
21 May 2013 – McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh says it was logical to let Paddy Lowe complete his move to rivals Mercedes earlier than planned, with the 55-year-old hoping the agreement will "create some goodwill" between the two outfits.
Lowe, whose McLaren departure was announced in February, had been expected to see out the year at Woking on a form of gardening leave, before joining Mercedes in early 2014. Instead, the acclaimed engineer will switch to the Silver Arrows on 3 June.
"Paddy has been a loyal servant here," Whitmarsh explained during the latest Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "We felt it was the right thing to release him and, I think other than that, there is nothing else we need to say on the matter."
Whitmarsh went on to insist that the decision has not been affected by his team's future engine agreement with Honda, which begins ahead of the 2015 season.
"It's not related to the Honda deal," explained Whitmarsh. "The Honda deal and the Mercedes deal had been done, so there was no pressure. It was our decision and we hope that it creates some goodwill. It seemed like the right thing to do. Paddy's a good guy. He's chosen a route and we didn't want to hold him back unnecessarily."