Williams have confirmed this morning that Paddy Lowe has joined the team as chief technical officer and shareholder.
The former Mercedes technical chief was placed on ‘garden leave’ by the World Champions after leaving in January. Lowe now starts with immediate effect taking on “overall management responsibility for the engineering operation”.
Lowe has also taken on a shareholding within Williams as well as will be part of the board of directors. He joins the team and replaces Pay Symonds as cheif technical officer with Symonds joining Sky Sports F1 pundit and commentry team.
“I’ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula 1,” said Lowe, who previously worked for the team in the late 80s and early 90s.
“It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to become a shareholder. I am extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the team.”
“I’m looking forward to this exciting new phase to my career working with Claire, Mike and Nick and with the rest of this great team – especially Frank himself, who is one of the most committed “racers” I know!”
Deputy team principal Claire Williams was just as enthusiastic about the appointment of Lowe.
“I am delighted that the team is welcoming Paddy back to Williams in the role of chief technical officer,”
“Having someone of Paddy’s calibre and engineering competence is not only a morale boost for everyone at Williams, but I know it will also significantly support our efforts to return this team back to the front of the grid.
“Our ambitions at Williams are unwavering, we want to win races and championships, but to do that you need the best talent in the business. In Paddy we believe we have just that as well as a leader who will drive change. This is a game changer for us and once again makes us extremely excited about this team’s future.”
Lowe’s track record is proven and well known with him being at the forefront of Mercedes recent dominence of the sport as well as helping steer Williams to championships when he was employed before with the Grove based team. With Williams having a decent winter test and with experience and youth in the driver line up an experienced head like Lowe will help the team moving forward. How far forward will of course remain to be seen but with Williams times seem to be exciting again.