Lowe’s leave of absence becomes permanent

Michelle Foster


Paddy Lowe has officially left Williams, almost four months after taking an extended leave of absence.

Lowe joined Williams from Mercedes in 2017, taking on the role of chief technical officer. With that came a seat on the board and shares in the Williams group.

Lowe’s input was first truly felt on the 2018 car in which the tech boss revealed he had adopted a different philosophy.

It didn’t work and the finished bottom of the standings.

Williams had hoped to recover in 2019 but were on the back foot from the get-go as a delay in the build of the FW42 meant they missed the start of pre-season testing.

Lowe bore the brunt and was placed on an extend leave of absence on 5 March.

Four months later, that has become permanent.

‘Paddy Lowe will be leaving Williams and will step down from the board of directors with immediate effect’ read a statement released by the team on Tuesday.

Lowe explained: “After a period of careful reflection I have reached the decision that I will not return to work at Williams.

“I wish all my previous colleagues the very best to meet the challenges ahead, which I am sure they will do. I would especially like to thank the Williams fans who are so supportive.”

Deputy team boss Claire Williams wished him well.

“We understand and respect the decision Paddy has reached and wish him well for the future,” she said.

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