Austrian Grand Prix – Williams has issued a statement to announce that Paddy Lowe has now fully severed his ties with the team.
The British engineer joined Williams in early 2017, having swapped over from Mercedes AMG where he had acted as Executive Director.
Responsible for the car designs as Chief Technical Officer, Lowe’s first design in 2018 turned out to be uncompetitive but this situation became exacerbated in 2019 when the FW42 was delivered late with numerous problems on the design front. Missing the first few days of winter testing as a result, Lowe’s position came under threat although team management refused to publicly comment on the situation.
However, during testing, it was announced that Lowe would be taking an extended leave of absence from the team while former technical boss Patrick Head was brought back in in a consultation capacity to oversee the attempts to rectify problems with the FW42.
On Tuesday of the Austrian Grand Prix race week, Williams issued a statement to clarify that Lowe has now fully left the team. Having also been a shareholder of Williams, he will step down from the board with immediate effect:
“After a period of careful reflection I have reached the decision that I will not return to work at Williams.” said Lowe in the statement.
“I wish all my previous colleagues the very best to meet the challenges ahead, which I am sure they will do. I would especially like to thank the Williams fans who are so supportive.”
Claire Williams said: “We understand and respect the decision Paddy has reached and wish him well for the future“.
Lowe is currently not working with any Formula 1 team. Williams are currently last in the Constructor’s Championship, with neither of their drivers having scored a point in 2019.