Paffett and McLaren to part company

TEST F1/2012 MUGELLO

Gary Paffett is set to end his association with McLaren as the team makes the switch from Mercedes to Honda power for 2015.

Paffett, a long time test driver with the team since 2006, has combined his McLaren duties with a racing career in the DTM with Mercedes-Benz.

However, with McLaren’s long-running relationship with Mercedes set to conclude at the end of the year, Paffett will part company with the Woking-based squad.

“I’ve loved working for McLaren and hope my feedback and input over the years has been beneficial,” Paffett said. “The engineers I’ve worked with have been kind enough to say that it has.

“I have many friends at McLaren, and I wish all of them the very best of luck for the future.”

McLaren CEO Jonathan Neale added: “Gary has been an excellent member of the McLaren team for the best part of a decade, and his technical input, on test track and in simulator alike, has been hugely important to us,” Neale said.

“Just as important, he’s a great guy. We wish him well.”

Image courtesy of Pirelli 

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