The Williams Formula One Team announced that former Mercedes Executive Director Paddy Lowe will join the Team as Chief Technical Officer with immediate effect.
Lowe will also take a seat on the board of directors of Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC and will also have a shareholding in the company.
Lowe has a wealth of experience in F1 with his career beginning at Williams in 1987 as a control systems engineer. He joined McLaren in 1993. During his tenure at McLaren he took up various roles from Head of Research and Development, to Chief Engineer, to Engineering Director and finally Technical Director.
“I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One,” said Paddy Lowe on his appointment at Wiliams.
“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.”