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At that time, it wasn’t clear what role Lowe would take at his new employer and when he was officially to start.
Mercedes AMG has now confirmed that Lowe will serve as its new Technical Director, starting from June 3 of this year.
He will be working closely with Team Principal Ross Brawn, Business Director Toto Wolff, and Chairman Niki Lauda. Replacing him at McLaren, meanwhile, will be Tim Goss.
Lowe, of course, is the second senior McLaren employee to join Mercedes AMG, with its star driver Lewis Hamilton previously replacing Michael Schumacher at Mercedes at the start of the 2013 season.
The news comes just days after it was announced that McLaren would also be ending its longtime partnership with Mercedes AMG at the end of the 2014 season. McLaren is renewing its successful partnership with Honda, which returns to F1 in 2015 as an engine supplier.
“[Mercedes AMG] has already produced probably the fastest car of the 2013 season while the technical challenges of the new regulations for 2014 will give us the opportunity to maximize the synergies available to a works manufacturer,” Lowe said at today’s announcement. “That is a challenge I am relishing.”
“It is no secret that every team is facing a significant balancing act between this year and next,” Brawn said, when asked about the impact of the new regulations. “But it is perhaps less obvious that we will also see major changes for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, as development progresses with the new generation of car design and power unit.