Paddy Lowe looks likely to join Williams Racing in a senior role before start of the 2017 season. When leaving Mercedes he was quoted as saying that ‘he was looking for new and exciting challenges’ and it looks like he is being drafted in to replace Williams’ outgoing chief technical officer Pat Symonds, but will be in a more senior role it is understood.
In what has been a round about of movements in the off-season perhaps this one was the worst kept secret of the lot with many predicting the move moments after Rosberg’s shock retirement announcement.
According to Autosport, Lowe was expected to join earlier, but negotiations regarding his role within the team and Mercedes’ approval for him to start working with a rival team delayed the contract from coming to fruition.
Reportedly Lowe will become part of the main board of directors, after having bought part of Williams Racing and is expected to start work on 1 March.
The return to Williams will be like a homecoming for Lowe, who started his career with the team in 1987 before moving to McLaren and Mercedes enjoying a hugely successful career who was instrumental in guiding Mercedes successfully through the new V6 Hybrid era helping them win three consecutive drivers and constructors’ titles.
Lowe’s experience will be sure to help Williams as we enter an unknown in 2017 which will see the focus shifting back on aerodynamics rather than pure horsepower.
The next rumour now doing the rounds is that James Allison is the favourite to occupy Lowe’s vacancy at Mercedes as his current gardening leave is expected to end this summer.
Article courtesy of Mark Beastall.