GPl Archives 27 February 2013 Issue #59 - Page 38

“I didn’t come here because Paddy was here, I didn’t come here because Lewis (Hamilton) was here,” said the 33-yearold, who will be starting his 14th year in F1 when racing gets under way in Australia on 17 March. “I came here because this is McLaren, with its heritage and history – a word we always use, but it is the truth – and its strength in depth. “It’s not about one individual, it’s about the f ull team, and Paddy leaving is part of the sport, people move around and go to different places. This team will succeed with or without Paddy in the future.” McLaren won seven races last year – Hamilton four and Button the others including the season-opener and closer – with a car designed by Goss. Button, whose new team mate is Mexican Sergio Perez following the departure of 2008 champion Hamilton to Mercedes, said Goss’s bigger role was a positive step. “Having Tim in the position he is now in – fantastic. He was exceptional in his previous role, and I think he will be in this role... he knows exactly what he is doing,” he said. McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale told reporters that he and the team would miss Lowe, who has been at Woking for 19 years, but the team were resilient and structured enough to cope. “I’m confident we’re strong for the season, and strong for the future,” he said. Mercedes have made no comment on Lowe’s likely arrival for 2014 but Neale left no doubt that he had been lured away by hefty financial incentives and rejected any suggestion that McLaren had slipped up. “People are prepared to pay exotic salaries and wait 12 or 18 months, or longer in some cases. That’s the state of the market. It would be disappointing if we weren’t regarded as a place to hire good people because then I wouldn’t be doing my job. The real test is whether we have got a system in place to pick up people from underneath, and I believe we have.” “In the market place at the moment, if you’ve a team and you want to go out and buy some short-term know-how then you can pay telephone number salaries. If that’s what your business model is. From time to time we have all done it,” added Neale.