Paddy Lowe's bold statement:"I've taken Mercedes Formula 1 team to the next level" seems a little over the top to me.
True, he gives credit to Ross Brawn, but claims like "I see gaps that Ross hadn't covered and fill in those gaps" are a little too much.
Surely Ross would have filled those gaps himself in the process, you can't do it all at once.
Paddy profits from all the groundwork laid by Ross, Nico and Michael as well as the armada of technical engineers. Then he comes and claims he has taken the team to a new level, while the main improvement this year is the engine.
Not to forget, Toto Wolff. The Austrian has already had some impact on the Williams team by his advent, and you can sense a change in culture at Mercedes too.
Even more, the set-up of the Austrian tandem gives them an ideal opportunity to play good cop-bad cop when needed.
Maybe Paddy made these comments in a need to emancipate himself with all those other names in the team.
Maybe Paddy was really the missing ingredient, who made Mercedes F1 the WDC and WCC team they seem to become this year.
Maybe a little more humility would have been advisable.....
Meanwhile, Ross enjoys good fishing and lets the boys do the work.