Technical executive director, Paddy Lowe has parted ways with Mercedes. Moreover, Lowe is reported to join 2016’s 4th ranked team, Williams.
Lowe’s departure have been making the rounds just days after Mercedes lost Hamilton’s partner Nico Rosberg to retirement. In the last week of December, Williams confirmed Pat Symonds would be leaving his post as the technical director due to contract expiration on December 31. As a result, this cleared the way for Lowe to replace him.
Lowe was the chief architect of the Mercedes’ dominant run since the introduction of V6 turbo engines in 2014.
As reported by Sky Sports, The departure of Lowe comes with Mercedes need to get Williams’s driver Valtteri Bottas. Consequently, Bottas will take world champion Rosberg’s place. This has led to suggestions Lowe’s departure is connected, with Mercedes perhaps not imposing “gardening leave” on Lowe in order ease out the Bottas deal for Williams.
If Lowe joins Williams, it will speed up Mercedes’ announcement of Bottas’ arrival. Conversely, this should prompt Williams to confirm Massa’s return and Team Sauber to have Pascal Wehrlein on board. Mercedes have made sure that their junior driver Wehrlein did not wind up without a seat for next season. Furthermore, Sauber may well be the sole remaining seat of the cars which shows up on the grid in Australia given Manor’s financial breakdown at the start of this year.
Lowe joined Team McLaren as engineering director in 2005 and was promoted to the technical director by 2011. He stayed with McLaren until 2013, when he switched to Mercedes, a deal which saw then Mercedes’ technical chief Ross Brawn to step down. Under Brawn’s technical supervision, Mercedes produced the all-dominating W05, W06 and W07 cars. Consequently, these cars combined for 51 wins from a possible 59 over the span of three years.
Lowe’s news leaves Mercedes without a technical command going into the new season. Reports say former Ferrari technical director James Allison is the favorite to replace Lowe. Allison is presently enjoying his period of ‘gardening leave’ after dispatching from Ferrari last July.
Here is Paddy Lowe explaining F1 Brakes for you: