Lowe Makes Williams Return After 25 Years Away
The final piece of the puzzle in Formula 1’s winter engineering movement has been found, with Williams announcing one of its largest acquisitions in years.
Former McLaren and Mercedes engineer Paddy Lowe has rejoined the team as its new chief technical officer after 25 years away.
The 54-year-old replaces Pat Symonds, who left at the end of last year after three years in the role, joins the board of directors and takes a shareholding in the team.
Lowe started his career at the team 30 years ago as control systems engineer before joining McLaren in 1993, assisting in winning the 1992 title with Nigel Mansell.
He spent 20 years with the team, claiming three more Drivers’ Championship titles with Mika Hakkinen (’98, ’99) and Lewis Hamilton (’08), before moving to Mercedes in 2013. As executive director (technical), he played a role in them winning three straight Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles between 2014 and 2016 with Hamilton (’14, ’15) and Nico Rosberg (’16).
Lowe said that he was delighted to return to his original starting point in the sport.
“I’ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula 1,” he said. “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 team’s deputy team principal Claire Williams believes that signing Lowe will assist its push to return to the front of the sport. Unless the team makes a shocking start to the 2017 season, it will go five years without a win in May since Pastor Maldonado’s victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.
“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,” she said. “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.”
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