The Mercedes F1 team has confirmed that Paddy Lowe has left his position as the team’s technical executive director and is now on gardening leave.
Lowe, who was a key factor in leading Mercedes to a three-year dominating period since the introduction of the v6-hybrid engines in 2014, is now expected to join Williams F1 to lead the technical side of the entire Williams group.
While there has been no confirmation from either party, Lowe is also tipped to oversee the Williams Advanced Technologies business.
He is expected to be replaced at Mercedes by former Ferrari technical director James Allison who left the Scuderia in June of last year.
“Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes’ motorsport history,” head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff said.
“Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation. We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond.”
Mercedes will continue operations as normal as they continue to prepare their 2017 challenger, with a short-term technical organisation comprised of established senior directors Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).
The 57-year-old began his career with the Williams F1 team in 1987 where he enjoyed a successful six-year stint as the joint head of electronics, which helped Nigel Mansell to his 1992 world championship.
Lowe then made the switch to McLaren where he spent 20 years working with the Woking team, which brought along with it three more drivers’ titles in 1998, 99 and 2008.
In 2013 he left his technical director position at McLaren to join Mercedes as the team’s executive director (technical), resulting in three successive years of both constructors’ and drivers’ titles as the team dominated the sport winning 51 races out of a possible 59.
“I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people,” Lowe said on his exit from the team.
“I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes.”
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