McLaren and Paffett to part company
Long-time McLaren test driver Gary Paffett will leave McLaren at the end of 2014 as the team switches from Mercedes to Honda power.
Paffett started working with McLaren in 2006 and has carried out crucial work in the development of the team's cars in that time in the role of both test and reserve driver and completed hundreds of hours in its simulator. Due to his long association to Mercedes-Benz Paffett will continue with the HWA team in the DTM championship, where he won the title in 2005.
"I've loved working for McLaren and hope my feedback and input over the years has been beneficial," Paffett said. "The engineers I've worked with have been kind enough to say that it has. I have many friends at McLaren, and I wish all of them the very best of luck for the future. Fingers crossed for a McLaren grand prix win or two next year!"
McLaren CEO Jonathan Neale paid tribute to Paffett for the work he has carried out at the team.
"Gary has been an excellent member of the McLaren team for the best part of a decade, and his technical input, on test track and in simulator alike, has been hugely important to us," Neale said. "Just as important, he's a great guy. We wish him well."
Jenson Button, who has been at McLaren since 2010, took to Twitter to bid farewell to Paffett.
@JensonButton it's been great working with you mate. See you around!— Gary Paffett (@GaryPaffett) November 17, 2014