Williams have confirmed that Paddy Lowe will join them as Chief Technical Officer, following his departure from Mercedes.
Returning to the historic team after a 25-year period, Lowe will take on management responsibility for engineering operations as the team’s Grove base. He will also join Williams Group’s Board of Directors.
Lowe was rumoured to be leaving the world champions after the end of the 2016 season, before confirming his departure from Mercedes in January to be replaced by James Allison.
“I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One. It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to become a shareholder,” Lowe said.
“I am extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the team. The vision for the future set out by the Williams Board is powerful and has compelled me to join an organisation committed to building on its unique legacy and to reaching the pinnacle of Formula One once again.”
Lowe has worked in Formula One for twenty-nine years, taking Williams to championship domination in 1992 with Nigel Mansell in the classis FW14B, which featured active suspension.
He spent the vast majority of his career at McLaren, contributing to the world championships of Mika Hakkinen and Lewis Hamilton before leaving for Mercedes in 2013.
“Having someone of Paddy’s calibre 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,” said Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams.
“Our ambitions at Williams are unwavering, 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. This is a game changer for us and once again makes us extremely excited about this team’s future.”