F1 2017 : Paddy Lowe is now Williams F1 Team CTO

Williams Formula One team have confirmed that Paddy Lowe starts work today as their Chief Technical Officer (CTO) responsible for engineering in the entire group.

Photo credit : Sky Sports

Having started his F1 career at Williams in 1987 as Joint head of Electronics, Paddy spent the majority of his career at McLaren (1993 – 2013). He signed for Mercedes as Executive Director in 2013, and has been widely rumoured to return to Williams ever since he had a fallout with Mercedes at the end of last season. Ex-Ferrari man, James Allison takes Lowe’s place at Mercedes.

“I’ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One”, said Paddy as he replaces Pat Symonds as CTO, “It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to be a shareholder.”

When asked why he chose to come back to Williams, Lowe said “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 F1 again.”

Paddy-Lowe-Claire-Williams.jpg          Photo credit : Adictos a la gasolina

“Having someone of Paddy’s calibre and engineering competence is not only a moral boost for everyone at Williams, but I know it will also significantly support our efforts to return to return to the front of the F1 grid”, said Deputy team principal Claire Williams welcoming Paddy Lowe back to Williams, “This is a game changer for us because in Paddy, we have a leader who will drive change.”

As for me, I’m excited that Paddy Lowe has joined Williams. It was a mad crowd at Mercedes and I felt Paddy’s voice wasn’t perhaps heard as much as it should’ve. Williams have shown improvement compared to last season in pre-season testing and with Paddy Lowe at the helm of all things technical, it can only get better.

(Feature image courtesy : Eurosport)

– Aditya Bhat.


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