Williams: Lowe signing a 'game-changer'
16 March 2017 – Williams' signing of Paddy Lowe as its new Chief Technical Officer will be a "game-changer" for the outfit, according to Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams.
After months of speculation, Lowe's arrival at Williams was finally confirmed on Thursday, the 54-year-old Briton also joining the company's Board of Directors and becoming a shareholder.
Williams' last race win came in 2012, courtesy of Pastor Maldonado, while it has not won a title since 1997, when Jacques Villeneuve triumphed.
Williams, however, reckons Lowe, who will oversee the engineering operation at Grove, can galvanise the workforce and spark a return to winning ways.
Over 29 years in the sport, Lowe has played a role in 158 race wins, seven Drivers' Championships and five Constructors' Championships.
"I am delighted that the team is welcoming Paddy back to Williams in the role of Chief Technical Officer," commented Williams.
"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."
Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll will race for Williams in 2017.