He never has anything genuinely good to say about LH ... its my own "kremlinological" analysis. I cant point to one specific incident... but I have said more than once on here that
Dennis and Neale were pro LH and Whitmarsh and Lowe were anti LH ... people laughed but LH moved on rather than keep working with Whitmarsh - and now he is not crazy about Lowe joining Merc ... that's 2-0 in my favour I'd say.
Lewis doesn’t have a problem with Lowe. He is non-committal in his interviews although the sky one shows a positive facial expression when describing Lowe as "great guy" but I am also with Undersquare on his wanting to get away from the McLaren system and be able to create something different with someone who actually knows how to win championships. For all his technical genius Lowe would be coming off a management structure that has started to forget, and Wolff right now is too inexperienced to successfully take charge. i’m sure all the protagonists are aware of this including the only antagonist!
Lowe certainly doesn’t have one with Lewis (bar normal levels of shortlived exasperation over the odd faux pas or two). you don’t tweet to apologise to McLaren/Lewis fans a la Spain 12 Quali if you do-that was spontaneous and from the heart. Neither do you get sent to the podium a la Turkey ’10 to deal with thunder-faced Lewis. in fact Lowe deciding NOW! was the time for team change suggests the complete opposite whether he stays or heads off.
if anything i suspect Lowe may not be too enamoured overJenson and what you have seen as pro-Jenson actions are imo PR efforts to connect the two- you have to remember that Jenson gets a lot of excellent press and they, media, also do not scrutinise his actions and comments at all – so the “Worst car ..in 3yrs..”;“lack of pace not reliability.. cost us..” & “Lewis will surprise NR re difficult car ability” recent comments that would have been made a big deal of coming from someone else have brushed under the carpet, they wouldn't have impressed Lowe. Then you have comments before Lewis had decided re: his Lewis exposure to ‘13 car! (was he suggesting Lewis shouldn't meet with engineers over ‘13? under what authority was he making such speculations?) Lowe was questioned by press on this –shortly after which we had Jenson backtracking with “it is fun to speculate on other drivers”. Just like there must have been an intervention at the end of the December re: pace comments because the “we can move on from 2012” had McLaren corporate fingerprints all over it and I for one wasn’t surprised to see his next interview being filtered direct through McLaren.com.
also Interesting timewise that it was after Malaysia race that Lowe chose to comment that the team needed to take advantage of having the fastest car before the others caught up. was it just the operational and race team he had in mind (if so why not repeated further in the season when they were really haemorrhaging operational points?)and this after the 50th birthday cake Jenson was photographed giving him for McLaren facebook page, which at the time caused speculation over Jenson team building charm offensive.
...anyway back to the big beasts.
i think that Lauda and Brawn can work and work effectively when all the dust settles- that is if they can reach that stage!
A couple of alpha males staking out territory is to be expected (not ideal timing wise but not surprising). Was it meant to go public? Who knows? but if you are going to cower away on Lauda’s first bark then you are better off seeking alternative employment and that includes getting far away from all forms of competitive racing (i still believe McLaren’s intense sensitivity to the media acts as a limiting factor to them, sometimes).
Lewis has shown that he can focus on racing well even when controversy is swirling around him and i’m hoping that Rosberg’s calm facade is not just skin deep in which case drivers will be fine.
Everyone else is on notice that things need to step up but if things do work out Brawn acts as the buffer between his staff and the Rottweiler so i for see no problems in the future.
I suppose we can expect an uneasy silence for now with the next looming pressure deadline- TESTING. If car has potential then we get stay of execution. if flyway races show intent then Brawn wins this battle. Even if Lowe is still coming it will have publicly orchestrated by Brawn and any resultant staff adjustments too -although if things do work out his natural successor could be selected from current pool of talent (which might have been what he intended).
if things do go well over next few weeks Brawn and Lauda can settle into short/medium term good cop bad cop routine (with unique soudbites) and that what I would love to see.
So right now I am crossing all digits that the car is GOOD.