racing: Lowe joins Williams as technical head and shareholder
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[March 16, 2017]
By Alan Baldwin
LONDON (Reuters) - Paddy Lowe has
joined the Williams Formula One team from champions Mercedes with
immediate effect as chief technical officer and shareholder in the
group, Williams announced on Thursday.
The team did not say how big a stake Lowe had taken or where it had
come from, with details expected to be made known at a later date.
The Briton, who started his Formula One career at Williams in 1987,
also joins the board of directors and will run the business with
deputy principal Claire Williams and chief executive Mike
"This is a game changer for us and once again makes us extremely
excited about this team's future," said Claire Williams.
The Briton had been on 'gardening leave' from Mercedes, who have
already replaced him with former Ferrari technical director James
At Mercedes, Lowe played an integral role in the team winning the
last three drivers and constructors' world championships. Before
that he won titles with McLaren and Williams.
Mercedes have won 51 of the 59 races since the 1.6 liter V6 turbo
hybrid power units were introduced in 2014.
In his previous six-year stint at Williams, Lowe worked with
co-founder Patrick Head and designer Adrian Newey and helped pioneer
the active suspension system that took Britain's Nigel Mansell to
the 1992 championship.
"It is a huge honor to return in this leadership position and to
have the opportunity to become a shareholder," said Lowe. "I am
extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the
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"The vision for the future set out by the Williams
Board is powerful and has compelled me to join an organization
committed to building on its unique legacy and to reaching the
pinnacle of Formula One once again."
Claire Williams said Lowe's arrival was a boost for a
team that last won a Formula One title with Canadian Jacques
Villeneuve in 1997.
The current line-up also includes a Canadian, 18-year-old rookie
Lance Stroll, alongside Brazilian veteran Felipe Massa following the
departure of Finland's Valtteri Bottas to Mercedes in place of
retired champion Nico Rosberg.
"Having someone of Paddy's caliber 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.
"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."
The season starts in Australia next week.
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Sudipto Ganguly)
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