'Lowe leaves Mercedes for Williams'
10 January 2017 – Mercedes technical chief Paddy Lowe has left his post to join Williams, according to reports.
Lowe joined Mercedes in 2013, playing a key role in three successive double title-winning seasons, but his contract was set to expire in May, and he had been heavily linked with a switch to Williams.
Sky Sports reports that Lowe has now chosen to exit Mercedes for Williams, in a move that could speed up Valtteri Bottas' move in the other direction, following discussions between the two outfits.
Nico Rosberg's shock retirement freed up a space at Mercedes, and Bottas quickly emerged as the German manufacturer's primary target, with Felipe Massa set to replace him at Williams.
Asked about the growing speculation over Lowe, a Mercedes team spokesperson said: "I am afraid we cannot make any comment at this stage; we will be in touch if and when that changes."
James Allison has been mooted as a potential replacement for Lowe.
Lowe started his F1 career with Williams in 1987, completing a six-year spell as Joint Head of Electronics, before a 20-year stint at McLaren, where he rose to technical chief by 2011.
Lowe worked alongside Toto Wolff as Mercedes dominated F1 from 2014-16.