Head of Mercedes engine programme to step down

Finley Crebolder

Mercedes has announced that Andy Cowell, the Managing Director of the High-Performance Powertrains program, is stepping down. 

Cowell joined the team in 2004 and was instrumental in their development of the V6 hybrid engines introduced in 2014.

The German manufacturer has confirmed that he informed them of his intention to leave in January, and will be doing so at the start of July.

“Since informing the company in January 2020 of his intention to depart, Andy has worked together with Markus Schäfer and Toto Wolff to define the future management structure for HPP,” an official statement said.

“This will see his responsibilities as Managing Director redistributed among the senior leadership team, with internal appointments to these key positions ensuring a smooth transition.”

The senior leadership team mentioned will be made up of people already working at Mercedes. These include Hywel Thomas, who will be Managing Director and responsible for the F1 power unit, and Pierre Godof, who will focus on Formula E.

“This new structure will enable the company to deliver three key projects to the highest possible standards in the coming years: the F1 Power Unit, the Formula E powertrain and the powertrain development and production of the Mercedes-AMG One,” the announcement continued.

The statement released also included quotes from Toto Wolff, who paid tribute to Cowell, highlighting his role in the team’s recent successes.

“Andy’s leadership of the team at HPP has been a key factor in our championship success in recent seasons,” Wolff said.

“He has made an outstanding contribution to our motorsport legacy and I have valued and enjoyed our working relationship since 2013; I am sure he will enjoy great success in the next challenge he decides to take on.”

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