It's the Lewis saga all over and I think it will boil down to whether or not Lowe wants to work with Lewis or not.
I don't really think it's about whether he wants to work with Lewis or not. It's a factor, but not a major factor.
It could be a number of things
- Wanting a new challenge
- Doesn't get on with one or more of the McLaren management / colleagues
- Not having the authority to make the decisions you want
- Is worried about the future direction of the team 2014 onwards
- Working conditions
- Future career prospects
Just because he works in a 'glamorous' and very public field of work doesn't make his career choices any different from the kinds of decisions we make for ourselves in our lives.
These factors are things that most people consider before even thinking about changing jobs/careers or which particular company they would like to work for.
If he's considering leaving, I doubt it's for money as he has been a happily salaried McLaren employee for a while now. It's more likely to be how he sees his final working days playing out... keeping it safe at McLaren or taking some chances and taking on different challenges at Mercedes.
I dislike this kind of contract negotiation when it's played out in the media.. it usually means he actually has no plans to leave but is using a counter offer from a competitor to improve his current working condition (i.e. pay, contract length, authority within the team) or he is actually planning on leaving and is playing both sides against each other so he can get the best offer he can from Mercedes.
From Mercedes perspective, his knowledge and insider info from McLaren is worth his salary many times over so I have no doubt that Mercedes have made him a very competitive offer. It's just a case now of waiting and seeing what happens next.
The only thing that makes me think there might be some substance to the story is the non denial by Mclaren, Eddie strongly believes he is joining (say what you will but Eddie has been given this information from either Bernie or someone high up in Mercedes in full knowledge it will be made public) and Toto saying he "hopes" Ross stays.
Edited by pinkypants, 23 January 2013 - 16:53.