F1: Gary Paffett and McLaren F1 Team to part company

From press release

After a long and successful association, Gary Paffett and McLaren will part company at the end of the 2014 Formula 1 season, with McLaren changing engine partner from Mercedes-Benz to Honda.

Paffett began working with McLaren in 2006, and has spent the past eight years as a combination of test driver and reserve driver.

He has spent hundreds of hours driving test laps in McLaren's simulator, and the data that his work has produced has been hugely valuable to the process of designing and developing McLaren's Formula 1 cars.

Moreover, Paffett has always enjoyed working with McLaren.

"I've loved working for McLaren and hope my feedback and input over the years has been beneficial,” said Paffett.

“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. Fingers crossed for a McLaren grand prix win or two next year!"

"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. Just as important, he's a great guy. We wish him well,” declared Jonathan Neale, COO and acting CEO, McLaren Racing.

Paffett will compete in the German DTM championship and continue his association with Mercedes-Benz and team HWA EURONICS.

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