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Lowe release was goodwill - McLaren

ESPN Staff
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Paddy Lowe will begin working with Mercedes a week after the Monaco Grand Prix © Sutton Images

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh says the team has allowed Paddy Lowe to join Mercedes early because "it seemed like the right thing to do".

Having been placed on gardening leave by McLaren, it was announced yesterday that Lowe will be allowed to start work for Mercedes on June 3. The expectation had been that Lowe would have to complete a full year of gardening leave before he could take up his new role, but Whitmarsh said the team didn't feel it was right to hold him back from beginning his new job.

"In terms of the reasons why, Paddy has been a loyal servant here," Whitmarsh told a Vodafone McLaren Mercedes phone-in. "We felt it was the right thing to release him, and I think other than that there is nothing else we need to say on the matter.

"It's not related to the Honda deal. The Honda deal and the Mercedes deals had been done, so there was no pressure brought to bear. It was entirely our decision and we hope that it creates some goodwill. It seemed like the right thing to do.

"Paddy's a good guy. I think he's chosen a route and we didn't want to hold him back from that unnecessarily."