Where’s Paddy? Rumours suggesting Paddy Lowe now excluded from McLaren MP4-28 launch
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Where is Paddy? One of my favourite past times as a child was my ‘where is Wally’ books. For those not fortunate to have whiled the hours away with Wally before the era of 24/7 TV on gazzilions of channels – this is what finding Wally was all about.
The ‘Where is Wally books consist of a series of detailed double-page spread illustrations depicting dozens or more people doing a variety of amusing things at a given location.
Readers are challenged to find a character named Wally hidden in the group. Wally’s distinctive red-and-white-striped shirt, bobble hat, and glasses make him slightly easier to recognise, but many illustrations contain ‘red herrings’ involving deceptive use of red-and-white striped objects.
Later entries in the long-running book series added other targets for readers to find in each illustration. The books have also inspired a TV show, comic strip and a series of video games.
Anyway we now have our own speculative version of this activity tonight. We need to find Paddy Lowe. TJ13 reported last week that an advance schedule for the McLaren launch had been sent to the media that included Paddy Lowe. This was being distributed around 48 hours after rumours emerged that McLaren’s tech guru was off to join Toto, Lauda et al at Mercedes AMG.
The thinking was that distributing this schedule early was a deliberate attempt by Woking to squash the rumours rampaging aroud the internet.
TJ13 is hearing tonight that new schedules have been issued for the order of events surrounding the launch of the MP4-28, and a certain well known Irish gentleman appears to have been whisked away by the leprechauns.
Here we go again. I said at the time of Toto’s arrival, it looked as though Ross Brawn had been treated with contempt and my guess was he would leave. Should Mr. Lowe head down the road to the local pub in Brackley, for a snifter of the black stuff, the silly season will surely not be over.
If this is true, there will be first a period of garden leave for Paddy to enjoy.
The former love in that was Mercedes & McLaren took a hit in the autumn when Lewis defected. This is grounds for divorce and Big Ron will be incandescent.
Unlike Wally, Paddy is not red and blue striped, but has distinctive green colouring and is staring at a pot of gold.