Williams announce Paddy Lowe as new chief technical officer
By: S.Harding, Xiro Xone News March 16, 2017 Updated: 1:35 PM
Williams Martini Racing have announced former Mercedes executive technical director Paddy Lowe as the new chief technical officer and board member.
Lowe returns to the team where he began his career replacing Pat Symonds, who left the team at the end of the 2016 season. He will also take a position on the board of directors of the team.
Lowe said: "I've always had a deep respect for Williams -- my first team in Formula One. It is a huge honor 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 organization 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 of my career working with Claire, Mike and Nick and with the rest of this great team -- especially [Sir] Frank [Williams] himself, who is one of the most committed 'racers' I know!"
Team Principal Claire Williams also shared her thoughts on Lowes' return and her hope for what she describes as a game-changing move for the team.
"I am delighted that the team is welcoming Paddy back to Williams in the role of Chief Technical Officer," Williams said. "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 played an instrumental role in the success of Mercedes in recent years, with three constructors titles as well as three consecutive drivers' titles, but surprised many when he choose to leave the team at the end of last year.