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Button: McLaren will win without Paddy Lowe

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Jenson Button says that McLaren will still win races following the exit of McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe on Tuesday.

2009 world champion also added that McLaren will still target title challenge without struggle. Tim Goss has taken on McLaren technical director role, as Lowe is expected to complete a move to rivals Mercedes for the 2014 F1 season.

McLaren won seven races last year – Hamilton four and Button the others including the season-opener and closer – with a car designed by Goss.

Button, whose new team mate is Mexican Sergio Perez following the departure of 2008 champion Hamilton to Mercedes, said Goss’s bigger role was a positive step.

“I didn’t come here because Paddy was here and I didn’t come here because Lewis was here,” Button said.

“I came here because this is McLaren, with its heritage and history – its strength in depth. It’s not about one individual, it’s about the full team, and Paddy leaving is part of the sport. This team will succeed with or without Paddy in the future.”

“I really like Paddy,” he added.

“It has been good fun working with him over the past three years, not just in terms of a working relationship, but also as a friend because he is a good guy and a fun character. But things change and he wants a new challenge, so fair play to him. He has to think about number one. Good luck to him.”

“Having Tim in the position he is now in – fantastic. He was exceptional in his previous role, and I think he will be in this role…he knows exactly what he is doing,” he said.


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