Lowe to take Williams director role March 1

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According to Autosport, former Mercedes technical chief, Paddy Lowe, has now bought an ownership stake at Williams and become its most senior technical officer at the board level. Per the report, Lowe’s position will be more senior in nature to that of former technical boss Pat Symonds.

Lowe is said to be starting in March in his new role as long as his wrap-up with Mercedes is concluded and will now return home to the team from which he started his F1 career back in 1987.

The Lowe appointment will be a good move for Williams F1 and coupled with a Mercedes power unit, an element Lowe knows well, the team could make significant progress toward competitiveness at the top of the grid. Lowe could also, as the article points out, look for other key engineering personnel from other team including Mercedes but I would be surprised if he didn’t have a non-compete, non-solicitation clause in his agreement with Merc that may prevent that.

The article also points out that the Lowe appointment will pave the way for Mercedes to announce the hiring of James Allison as his replacement.

Hat Tip: Autosport

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Peter Riva

Has the music stopped yet? Are we all sat down?

Salvu Borg

I don’t think the music has stopped, in fact I think that war has already started, or at least it is being prepared for.

Salvu Borg

In my opinion the success achieved by top team members moving from one team to another will depend more on the resources they move into than their technical ability, which in turn means the financial resources at their disposal.
When the man that moved into a new team includes him acquiring share in his new team and the team resources are limited, it can only make his successes achieved harder to get, as part of what he will spend will be his own money.

jakobusvdl

He will have access to some of the Stroll billions, and maybe that will help to lure some top tallent to join him at Williams

JakobusVdL

I was thinking that if Paddy Lowe has bought into Williams F1, that’s a pretty solid commitment. But then I remembered that Toto bought into Williams a while back, but got himself and his cash out pretty quickly when the Mercedes opportunity came up. Fingers crossed P.L is in it for the long haul and the Claire / Paddy / Frank leadership team ensures Williams position as a front running team.

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