Paddy Lowe, who had been Executive Director (Technical) at Mercedes AMG Petronas, had been rumored to leave the team for a couple months with news spreading in Europe this morning it was due to become official soon.
On Tuesday, Mercedes confirmed Lowe’s departure from the team in a release.
Now on gardening leave, Lowe’s eventual next move may well be to Williams Martini Racing before the start of the 2017 Formula 1 season.
“I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people,” Lowe said in a release.
“I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes.”
“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,” said Mercedes-Benz Head of Motorsport Toto Wolff.
“Success in Formula 1 is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organization.
“We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond.”
While Mercedes noted the technical group will continue to feature Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director), rumors have circulated that James Allison, formerly of Ferrari, could be on his way to Brackley and Brixworth to take up a role there.
Mercedes, of course, is also due to confirm Nico Rosberg’s replacement in the driving lineup. A formal confirmation of Valtteri Bottas’ expected move from Williams is due to arrive later this month.