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Technical director Lowe to quit McLaren for Mercedes?

McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe could be headed for Mercedes, as the German marque ramps up its 2013 F1 title assault.
Having revealed on Monday that it had prised Toto Wolff away from Williams to take up the role of leading its motorsport division, Mercedes is now rumoured to be on the verge of luring McLaren's Paddy Lowe to its Brackley base.

In an echo of its predecessor in the same headquarters, Mercedes appears bent on chasing success by hiring top members of rival teams, with technical director Lowe having shown his ability by helping turn McLaren's 2012 season around and leaving the Woking team unbeaten over the final two races in the USA and Brazil.

Reports of Mercedes' interest in the Briton surfaced in Germany's Sport Bild on Monday [21 January], the same source the announced both Wolff's move from Williams and Timo Glock's exit from tail-ender Marussia. Should he swap McLaren for the Three Pointed Star, Lowe would be reunited with Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 world champion having shocked the F1 world by forsaking the team that nurtured him to the top flight after six seasons together.

Unless there are casualties resulting from Lowe's move – a possibility that has not yet been countered by McLaren – Mercedes will be heavily stocked with senior technical staff, having Bob Bell, Geoff Willis and Aldo Costa already on the books, all of whom have held the role of technical director during their F1 careers.

Sport Bild's report claims that Lowe was initially destined for Williams, having been enticed by talks with Wolff, but the Austrian's appointment as the new head of motorsport at Mercedes simply changed Lowe's destination from Grove to Brackley. Should that be true, it would be a blow for two of Britain's biggest motorsport names, with McLaren having just two weeks to implement a recovery strategy before the first test of the season.

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