F1 » 'Telephone number' pay offer swayed Lowe, says Neale

McLaren Managing Director Jonathan Neale has said that it took a 'telephone number' pay offer from Mercedes to tempt Paddy Lowe away from Woking.

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Tony - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 10:14 AM

It's obvious Mercedes are trying to spend there way to a championship. I for one seriously hope they fail. Like all manufacturers the board will get cranky one day and in a split decision that will take all of five minutes they'll scrap the F1 project, sell the team for $1 and never recover. History honestly does repeat itself.

The outcome I'd love to see most is technical genius Ross Brawn be poached by mclaren and take the team to multiple championships at Mercedes detriment.

telstar - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 11:35 AM

That's how much value Mercedes placed on Paddy Lowe as they did with Lewis Hamilton. Hope Mercedes F1 team will be successful this season to finish in the top three.

whitew - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 1:02 PM

McLaren are obviously upset as they have stuck him on gardening leave for a year................. Sour grapes if you ask me.

What are McLaren left with an average driver and a rookie.

Button might have been a World Champion but more by luck than skill. As he showed last year, he more often than not finished mid pack or lower.


February 27, 2013 1:18 PM

whitew. totally understandable, and now common practice! macca would hardly allow lowe to work all year on the 2014 car, and then walk straight into merc with all the secrets now, would they?

fish fingers - Unregistered

February 27, 2013 4:47 PM

My feeling is there are too many big egos at Merc now, something has to give and everyone thinks Brawn is on his way out. But maybe he isn't. Wolff is now calling the shots, not Lauda

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