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