Technical chief Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes team confirms
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News January 10, 2017 Updated: 5:24 PM
Paddy Lowe has stepped down as Mercedes technical chief, the team confirmed, Tuesday with a expected move Williams.
Lowe, who has been a key figure of the team's dominance since the sport introduced V6 turbos in 2014, it was rumored that he would be leaving the championship winning team in December.
Lowe also, helped bring Mercedes three consecutive constructors' and drivers' titles, he started his F1 career at Williams in 1987 and spent six years there before moving to McLaren.
He joined Mercedes in 2013, months before the arrival of three time world champion Lewis Hamilton, as part of the senior management team.
"I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people," Lowe said in a Mercedes statement.
"I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes."
Team boss Toto Wolff added: “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.
“Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organization. We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond.”
“I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with a great team of people,” said Lowe. “I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes.”
Lowe started his career at Williams F1 team in 1987. He enjoyed a successful six-year period as joint head of electronics.
The news of Lowe’s departure comes almost a month after Nico Rosberg, announced his retirement last December after winning his first and only title.
As for Lowe’s replacement, sources have pointed to former Ferrari technical director, James Allison, who is currently on a leave of absence after leaving the team last July.