Former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe will make an early start for his new team Mercedes after a deal was struck between the two teams.
Lowe will begin work for Mercedes on June 3rd after McLaren agreed to allow Lowe to join them before his contract expired at the end of the year.
McLaren are Mercedes engine customers but recently announced a deal to switch to Honda power from 2015.
“I am excited to become part of a highly talented and capable technical organisation,” said Lowe. “I have worked closely with Mercedes-Benz for almost 20 years and deeply admire the company’s phenomenal commitment to Formula One.”
“I look forward to much success together in the years ahead.”
Lowe will take on the role of executive director (technical) at a team which already has an enviable roster of technical talent. They include engineering director Bob Bell (ex-Renault), technology director Geoff Willis (ex-Honda) and engineering director Aldo Costa (ex-Ferrari).
Team principal Ross Brawn said his new hire “would be an asset to any of our rivals in the pit lane”.
Brawn added Lowe will be concentrating on the development of the W05 and future cars that will be built to the new engine regulations from next year.
“To deliver in these circumstances, a successful team needs strength in depth. Paddy’s arrival will further strengthen our organisation and puts us in a strong position for the future,” said Brawn.