F1 | Mercedes loses another pawn. Minardi «Alonso badly managed»
After Nico Rosberg’s retirement, Mercedes could lose another bigwig. According to the English parlors, the technical manager at Mercedes, Paddy Lowe would have done his luggage, ready to greet Brackley, because it hasn’t been found an economical agreement for the contract extension.
Arrived at Mercedes in July 2013 after being torn off from McLaren, the Technician from Cambridge could go back to Woking after three seasons rich in triumphs from both the point of view of Drivers and Constructors. These weeks, McLaren has been subject of an internal reorganization with Ron Dennis’ exit and Zak Brown’s arrival. In my opinion Lowe can’t accept the challenge just to try to revive the fortune of the stable. This action makes me think that a great engine constructor is accruing behind the curtains for 2018. As all the technicians, Lowe will have to face a gardening period (about 6-7 months) before being operative on the new front. This would bring him to work on the project for 2018.
It is the proof that the bond to the flag doesn’t exist anymore. The money god always governs. As history teaches us, after a winning period, there is a boarding towards the team to gain the best technician and his know-how with him. This is part of Formula 1 history.
In these very days, through Autosport website, Mercedes has published a job advertisement looking for a new driver. In this moment they have three different choice. Betting on a young driver placed side by side with Lewis Hamilton (see Ocon or Wherlein), or on a second driver like Bottas, the Finnish at William’s, or on a top driver.
Regarding this last option, I see Fernando Alonso in pole position, in spite of his manager’s denial. The Spanish driver, that I continue to consider the best driver in the Circus, in my opinion is paying a wrong management of his career where the economic aspect has been favored rather than the technical one. To date, Nando has just two world championship titles and is left out from the fight to reach those records reached by his colleagues. I don’t see a McLaren-Honda capable to win in the short run and at the end of 2017 Alonso could think to retire. Mercedes is his last chance to fight again for the title.