Lowe takes shareholding in Williams role
16 March 2017 – Paddy Lowe has been appointed as Chief Technical Officer for the Williams Group, which will also see him join the company's Board of Directors and become a shareholder.
Lowe "will take overall management responsibility for the engineering operation", working alongside Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams and Group CEO Mike O'Driscoll.
Lowe makes the move from Mercedes, where he held the role of Executive Director (Technical) since 2013, and played a key role in three successive double title-winning seasons.
Lowe started his F1 career with Williams back in 1987, conducting a six-year spell as Joint Head of Electronics, before a 20-year stint at McLaren, where he became technical chief in 2011.
He officially kicked off his second stint at Williams today (Thursday).
"I've always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in F1," commented Lowe, whose move from Mercedes to Williams had been the subject of speculation for months.
"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 F1 once again.
"I'm looking forward to this exciting new phase [of] my career working with Claire, Mike and [Chairman of the Board] Nick [Rose] and with the rest of this great team – especially [Founder and Team Principal] Frank [Williams], who is one of the most committed 'racers' I know!"
Lowe's arrival comes after Valtteri Bottas' switch to Mercedes.