Williams confirmed this morning that Paddy Lowe will be their Chief Technical Officer, starting work for the team immediately, in time for the start of the 2017 season.
Lowe, who’s contract had expired at Mercedes and was not renewed, and therefore requires no gardening leave. He replaces former Williams Technical Chief Pat Symonds who stepped down at the end of last year.
In addition to his new role Lowe has also acquired a shareholding in the team, joining Claire Williams and Mike O’Driscoll on the board of directors.
Paddy Lowe said; “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. 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. I’m looking forward to this exciting new phase to my career working with Claire, Mike and Nick and with the rest of this great team – especially Frank himself, who is one of the most committed “racers” I know!”
Lowe started his career in Formula One with Williams, back in the late 80’s, coming full circle to leaving the technical department at the team.