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Paddy Lowe will join Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes from 2014

By Simon Cass PUBLISHED: 11:21 EST, 25 February 2013 | UPDATED: 13:39 EST, 25 February 2013 Lewis Hamilton will link up with Paddy Lowe at Mercedes next season after McLaren confirmed the departure of their technical director less than three weeks before the Formula One curtain raiser in Australia.The switch has raised doubts over the future of Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn after he admitted that Lowe would only join should he decide to stand down.Speculation Lowe would follow in Hamilton’s footsteps intensified last month after he stayed away from the launch of McLaren’s 2013 challenger. Departing: Paddy Lowe (left) has been put on ‘gardening leave’ by McLaren In a statement announcing that director of engineering Tim Goss is to replace Lowe as technical director with immediate effect, McLaren team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, confirmed: ‘Paddy [Lowe] will be performing a different role within McLaren until the end of the year. ‘He’s been a good and successful F1 Technical Director, and we wish him well when he embarks on a fresh challenge in 2014.’ Lowe’s ‘different role’ has been interpreted in most quarters as amounting to nothing more than gardening leave while the timing of the announcement is far from ideal given its proximity to the start of a new season. Promotion: Tim Goss (second left) will be McLaren’s technical director It remains to be seen what role Lowe will perform at Mercedes. If, as expected, he is to run the team alongside new Mercedes director of motorsport Toto Wolff there would seem little room for manoeuvre for Brawn within a management structure which already includes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda and CEO Nick Fry. Speaking last month Brawn conceded: ‘I want to see how things go before I make a final long-term commitment. If I choose to leave the team then Paddy will come. We’ve got a plan. We have a fall-back plan. It’s as simple as that.’ Off target: Jenson Button admits McLaren have endured a ‘tricky winter’ and are off the pace Hamilton will doubtless be pleased by the news he is to be reunited with Lowe with whom he enjoyed six largely successful seasons at in formula One at McLaren. But Hamilton has also revealed the opportunity to work with a man of Brawn’s experience and expertise was instrumental in his decision to move to Mercedes, describing the 58-year-old as the team’s ‘figurehead’. Reunion: Lowe will join…

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