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Gary Paffett set to leave McLaren test drive role // Long term tester sticks with Mercedes in 2015

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Gary Paffett set to leave McLaren test drive role
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Long time test driver Gary Paffett will part ways with McLaren at the end of the 2014 season, after nine years with the team. Paffett drives in the German DTM series, and will stay with Mercedes whilst McLaren make the switch to Honda engines for next year’s Formula One season.

Paffett says: “I’ve loved working for McLaren and hope my feedback and input over the years has been beneficial. I have many friends at McLaren and I wish all of them the very best of luck for the future.”

The new Honda engine took to the track for the first time last week, as McLaren brought their development car to Silverstone for a filming day. Running was limited, of course, and news after the outing was few and far between, but it must have been useful for both McLaren and Honda to get a shakedown before the off-season development begins in earnest.

The team are feeling confident, too, with Racing Director Éric Boullier saying: “We have improved the car this year, which is very good, and everything we have learned will benefit next year’s car, which is also very good.”