Mercedes technical boss leaves team and is set for Williams
January 11 2017 , 12:00 am
Lowe who led the team to three drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles in a row from 2014 to 2016, is expected to join Williams.
He will be replaced by former Ferrari technical director James Allison, whose deal was signed some months ago, sources say, but is not yet confirmed.
Lowe is set to take on a role heading the technical side of the entire Williams group, including the F1 team.
He is also expected to head up the burgeoning Williams Advanced Technologies business.
However, sources say a final agreement between Lowe and Williams has not yet been reached.
Williams are said by insiders to be lining up Toro Rosso technical director James Key to join them in the same role when his contract with Red Bull expires at the end of the year.
“Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution,” head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Toto Wolff said.
“Success in Formula 1 is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation. We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years.”