Mercedes’ Paddy Lowe: “We’re all very much looking forward to Malaysia.”


Paddy Lowe - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Mercedes Executive Director Paddy Lowe is looking forward to racing in Malaysia, the team’s main partners are Malaysian company Petronas which will be hugely beneficial for the Mercedes brand.

2015 was a disappointing race for the Silver Arrows, they were outpaced by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel. Lowe is motivated to correct the problems of 12 months ago and allow the team to continue their dominate form.

“We’re all very much looking forward to Malaysia,” said Lowe.  “With Kuala Lumpur being the home of Petronas, we very much see this as one of our home Grand Prix.

“In 2015 we didn’t manage to secure the win, which was hugely disappointing to us, so we have all the more motivation to come back and get it right this time around. Focusing on the technical aspects of the circuit, it’s a very challenging weekend.”

The Technical Executive Director identified the challenging conditions that Kuala Lumpur throws at the team, with the long straights and fast flowing corners putting some emphasise on the power unit and the mechanical grip of the car.

“The heat and humidity make life tough for drivers, team and cars alike, while the track action can often be affected by rain, which tends to be very heavy and arrive very suddenly. As such, we’ve seen some very eventful races in Malaysia over the years.

“Sepang places an even emphasis on power, aero efficiency and mechanical grip, so we’re looking forward to seeing how we fare and aiming to put in a strong performance for the Malaysian fans.”