Williams have confirmed Paddy Lowe as their new Chief Technical Officer, hailing his arrival as a “game changer.”
After months of speculation, Lowe’s arrival at Williams was finally confirmed on Thursday.
The 54-year-old Brit, who left Mercedes after a third successive championship double in 2016, joins Williams as the Chief Technical Officer while also becoming a shareholder and joining the Board of Directors.
“I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One,” said Lowe. “It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to become a shareholder.
“I am extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the team. The vision for the future set out by the Williams Board is powerful and has compelled me to join an organisation committed to building on its unique legacy and to reaching the pinnacle of Formula One once again.
“I’m looking forward to this exciting new phase to my career working with Claire, Mike and Nick and with the rest of this great team – especially Frank himself, who is one of the most committed “racers” I know!”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added: “I am delighted that the team is welcoming Paddy back to Williams in the role of Chief Technical Officer.
“Having someone of Paddy’s calibre and engineering competence is not only a morale boost for everyone at Williams, but I know it will also significantly support our efforts to return this team back to the front of the grid. Our ambitions at Williams are unwavering, we want to win races and championships, but to do that you need the best talent in the business.
“In Paddy we believe we have just that as well as a leader who will drive change. This is a game changer for us and once again makes us extremely excited about this team’s future.”