Paddy Lowe officially joins Williams


Former Mclaren and Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe will return to the team with whom he started out if F1 ‘Williams’ for the 2017 season. Lowe’s contract with reigning champions Mercedes expired at the end of last year and since no new agreement could be reached he will now take on a new role a the Grove based team.
Not only will he replace Pat Symonds as chief technical officer but will also join the teams board for directors as a shareholder alongside Deputy team principal Claire Williams and Mike O’Driscoll.“I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One” Lowe (who joins on the 16th March) said.
“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.

“The vision for the future set out by the Williams Board is powerful and has compelled me to join an organisation committed to building on its unique legacy and to reaching the pinnacle of Formula One once again.

“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!”

Lowe originally was with Williams in the 80’s and 90’s was one of the key figures behind the development of Williams’ active suspension which led Nigel Mansell to the 1992 world title.
After some time at Mclaren he picked up by Mercedes in 2014 and helped them achieve their 3 consecutive double titles.
It is this experience that Williams will hope to utilise in getting themselves back to the front of the grid.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams said: “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.”

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