Team chief Paddy Lowe has taken a leave of absence from the Williams team, according to a brief statement issued by the squad today.
Having re-joined the British outfit following a successful spell at multiple championship winning squad Mercedes, many believed the signing of Lowe as Chief Technical Officer for the once great team was something of a coup for Williams, and would mark the start of a long rebuilding process as the Grove based outfit looked to return to race winning form in Formula One.
Unfortunately, the first year of the 56-year-old engineers tenure at Williams would coincide with one of the least competitive seasons in the history of the team, made worse by what can only be described as a disastrous start to preparations for the upcoming campaign - leading to what Williams have described as a 'leave of absence' from the British outfit, effective immediately.
“Paddy is taking a leave of absence from the business for personal reasons.” said Williams on Wednesday, just over one week prior to the start of the racing season in Melbourne at the Albert Park street circuit.
The exact reasons for the departure of Lowe have yet to be revealed by the squad, and come just a few days after Lowe admitted to the media he has no concerns about his future with the multiple championship winning constructors, a team that he remains a shareholder of following his defection from Mercedes at the end of 2016.
How long Lowe is expected to be away from the pit wall remains to be seen. More news to follow when it becomes available...
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