Mercedes confirms Lowe's departure
10 January 2017 – Mercedes has confirmed that technical chief Paddy Lowe is to depart the team, following media reports, and that he has now begun a period of gardening leave.
It was reported earlier on Tuesday that Lowe had chosen to exit Mercedes for Williams, after contributing to three successive double title-winning seasons.
Mercedes has since moved to confirm Lowe's exit, though did not divulge any information over his future plans, only that he is now on a notice period.
Mercedes will continue to operate with Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).
James Allison has been mooted as a potential replacement for Lowe.
"I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people," said Lowe.
"I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes."
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff thanked Lowe for his contribution to the team, and expressed confidence that his workforce will cope with the change.
"Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes' motorsport history," he said.
"Success in Formula 1 is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation.
"We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond."
Mercedes added that "further information will be communicated in due course".