It has only been a matter of days that the news of Nico Rosberg leaving the sport shocked many, but another departure of the Mercedes team looks to be on the cards with technical boss Paddy Lowe switching teams for next season.
According to motorsport.com, Paddy Lowe is expected to make the switch from Mercedes back to Williams, where he was instrumental in developing the ‘active’ car in the early 90’s, a rich vein of form at the time for the British team. Although it is currently unclear what role he would take at the team, it has been rumoured for some months that Pat Symonds, the current technical chief, is to retire next season, and given Felipe Massa has now retired Rob Smedley is said to be taking a different role maybe away from the circuit next year as well.
Williams are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2016, and have signed Valtteri Bottas on for another year alongside rookie Lance Stroll. Bottas however is high on the Mercedes list to partner Lewis Hamilton next season, which could see a cordial exchange between the two teams. It would however leave them without a lead driver, which would leave them short on the 2017 ambitions.
Alongside this move is the expected addition of James Allison to Mercedes. Having left Ferrari earlier this season, he is said to have had offers from McLaren, Red Bull, Williams and Renault, where he could be a direct replacement for Lowe in the current structure at Mercedes.