Things have gone from bad to worse at Williams F1. They’ve burned through Pat Symonds, Rob Smedley (as well as other key players in the team last year) and now it seems that Paddy Lowe has taken a leave of absence from the team.
The team were slow in getting the car to the season-opening winter testing but eventually did manage to get there. Still, they ran precious few laps compared to their rivals and there were rumors festering of Paddy’s departure from the team.
It now seems that may be the case according to a report over at Autosport. The confirmed the leave of absence but it’s complicated by the fact that Paddy acquired shares of Williams when he joined the team.
Both drivers said the car was slower than rivals and Robert Kubica was critical of the team’s preparation for the first race of the season. I’ve said it for 2+ years now, it’s time to hire a new coach and get some direction in the team.