Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC comfirmed on Thursday that they have appointed former Mercedes Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe as Chief Technical Officer.
Lowe who takes up his new role with the Grove based outfit today (Thursday March 16) will be responsible for the overall management of the technical operation of the outfit.
Lowe will also take up a position on the teams board of directors and has also taken up a shareholding of the team.
Speaking about his new position, Lowe commented by saying:
I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One. 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 Formula One once again. I’m looking forward to this exciting new phase to my career working with Claire, Mike and Nick and with the rest of this great team – especially Frank himself, who is one of the most committed “racers” I know.
Lowe, who joined the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team in 2013 played an instrumental role in the recent success and domince of Formula One.
Lowe began his Formula One career with the Williams team in 1987 working under then technical director Patrick Head and designer Adrian Newey.
Speaking about Lowe’s appointment, Williams Martini Racing’s Deputy Team Principal Claire Williams commented by saying:
I am delighted that the team is welcoming Paddy back to Williams in the role of Chief Technical Officer. 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.
Lowe’s arrival at Williams comes just one week before the start of the 2017 Formula One season, the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit.
Speaking about Lowe’s arrival at Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors Nick Ross commented by saying:
Paddy will be a great addition to our Board bringing his deep technical expertise and overall business knowledge and management skills. Alongside Claire and Mike, he will be one of the three key executive directors running our business day-to-day.