Martin Whitmarsh says that McLaren Technical Director Paddy Lowe will remain with the team in 2013. Lowe chose not to attend the McLaren event to avoid having detracting from the focus of the launch. Whitmarsh said that it was a “certainty” that Lowe would stay with McLaren this year but said that beyond that things were not quite as clear. A decision is expected – and indeed must be made – shortly before work begins on the 2014 car. If Lowe is going to be involved in that then the team must be clear that he is staying. If he is going, then there is not much point in him staying on, given that he can join another team six months after leaving McLaren.