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Featured F1: Paddy Lowe to Leave Mercedes for Williams

Discussion in 'Formula 1' started by Chris, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Chris

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    Paddy Lowe.jpg Paddy Lowe, the Chief Executive Director for all things technical has confirmed that he is leaving Mercedes and heading for new challenges with the Williams F1 Team, the team he started his career in Formula One with.

    Lowe will serve a period of 'Gardening leave' before he is expected to join the Grove outfit for later on in 2017, replacing the outgoing Pat Symonds, which ideally opens the door for James Allison to join Mercedes as the replacement for Paddy, as has been strongly rumoured.

    In a statement, Lowe mentioned that, "I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people. I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes."

    Widely recognised as one of the best senior engineers in the sport, and despite his relatively short stature, Lowe will leave huge shoes to fill for whomever the incoming replacement is. Toto Wolff, the other Executive Director at Mercedes paid tribute to his departing colleague,

    "Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes' motorsport history. Success in Formula 1 is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation. We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond."

    Wolff's final sentence there indicates that they are intending on promoting from within - presumably Aldo Costa - rather than hiring from outside sources. And whilst this may be true for the short term, surely the lure of James Allison is highly enticing once his period of gardening leave from Ferrari is over.

    Lowe leaves Mercedes after three years of dominance including three Constructors Championships, three Drivers Championships and 51 Grand Prix victories, for a team that has not won a Grand Prix since Pastor Maldonado's shock victory at the 2012 Spanish Grand Prix.
     
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  2. Blimey

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    Nice, if he can get Williams to what they were in 2014, then that will be nice.
     
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  3. thewarmer

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    That is a Challenge for sure , going to require a lot of work to bring Williams back up the grid , never mind near the front of the grid.
    They have a great racing History & have known bad time before , but these days it is much harder to get back to the top once you have dropped down the grid.

    I wish them both good luck.
     
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  4. Andy 'Mars Bar' Graham

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    Thank God. I mean Hamilton will now never suffer a mechanical failure now Sabatage Lowe gone... :D
     
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  5. Fabian Biehne

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    It’s still strange for me to see Williams that far back in the grid, I grew up with them being the top runner in the 80s and 90s. Hope they can benefit from Lowe.
     
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  6. fortyfivekev

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    People complain about Stroll being a pay driver but I bet it's his dad's cash that allows them to hire people like Paddy. I wonder if they are pencilling him in as team principal in a year or two as that's got to be his ambition in going there.
     
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  7. Lorenzo Bonder

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    Well that means by logics applied, welcome back Massa. Only a matter of time now.
     
  8. rubaru

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    Maybe this is how they did/will finalize the contract for Bottas.
     
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  9. BoogerMac

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    Time for Patty to seal his legacy!
     
  10. Kurei

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    Way to go Lewis, lose the championship and tell-off Paddy because you're 'not bothered', that'll do it.

    :p

    In all seriousness, these 'changes' throughout the teams may just go a long way to changing F1 from a 'three team(s)' sport in the long run, provided the new owners don't botch it. (WEC I'm looking at you)
     
  11. PoleGrabber

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    It's like a hostage situation, - Mercedes:
    "Release Bottas, and we will slowly hand over Lowe,- no false moves or Paddy gets the wheelgun!
    Cheers, :)