F1 » Mercedes poised to reunite Lowe with Hamilton?

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe could be headed for Mercedes, as the German marque ramps up its 2013 F1 title assault.

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January 22, 2013 2:47 PM

@Taz ,Willis was just a guess. As you pointed out Jordan says its Brawn, and Fry. If Brawn goes don't expect him to go to any other team. Last year he said,"The timetable is simply to succeed, so as long as I can physically do it then I will keep going. But this will be my last team in F1."
Love your take on the Big Bad Wolff. LOL

JJJ - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 3:02 PM

If they want to actually win championships they should scrap all these guys from the payroll and use the money to make Adrian an offer he can't refuse.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 5:05 PM

@ JJJ,

As good as he is, Adrian Newey can not do it all by himself. Steve Machett from SpeedTV (USA) had said Adrian makes design concepts by hand and he has a room of nearly 100 people or more testing his hand drawn concepts on computer simulators.

He then looks over the results and tweaks the best performing ones for even better results. They repeat the process until they have only a handful or less. Those then get tested in the wind tunnel and the simulator.

That process is done for almost every single track on the schedule. The "highlight" race tracks (Monaco, USA, etc) get special treatment.

Steve Machett had said most teams have about half the computer artists Red Bull has, and the smaller teams have even much less than that.

JJJ - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 5:17 PM


Some years ago I would have agreed with that, however after designing a sweet car at Leyton House and then several absolutely dominant cars at Williams, McLaren and now RBR I'd say he makes the difference.

Of course he needs resources (I doubt he could make Marussia instant champions) but I reckon the top4 or top5 teams can all provide him with enough, well, coins basically to get those in place and then his brilliance makes the difference IMO.

David Chaste - Unregistered

January 23, 2013 7:33 AM

Yes the speed TV guys know a lot about F1. The US broadcast of F1 actually gives more technical insight than BBC or Sky. In my personal opinion the Speed TV broadcast was of higher caliber then the british stations. The american public that follows F1 is highly educated.

In case you did not know the U.S is the largest market for all the F1 car companies. Ferrari, Mercedes, Lotus. Even Red Bull makes most of its money in the U.S. Toyota, BMW and Honda's biggest market was...you guessed it, the land of Uncle Sam, USA. Virgin airlines and virgin records most profitable business is the US market.

Did you know Monaco pays next to nothing for their Grand Prix? And marketing wise they would be an undesirable market? F1 goes there for symbolic and historical reasons, and to be associated with the glamour of the place.


January 23, 2013 11:25 AM
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@David Chase ,Australia's Herald Sun is reporting that secret documents put the license fee cost of hosting their GP at $170,000,000 for the years 2011 to 2015, whereas Monaco pays nothing. In these austere times, i think Monaco should also payed a fee. It could be used exclusively for helping talented young cash strapped drivers make their way into the top ranks of the sport.

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