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Williams offering Lowe ‘a different kind of stress’ to Mercedes

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Paddy Lowe says he is experiencing a “different kind of stress” with Williams fighting in Formula 1’s midfield compared to Mercedes, where he won three straight championship doubles from 2014 to 2016.

Lowe left his position as Mercedes’ technical boss in January before joining Williams, who he first worked for in F1, in March, taking up a senior management position and a share in the team.

Lowe was asked in Friday’s FIA press conference whether he felt more relaxed for taking up a new challenge in F1, no longer embroiled in a title fight but instead focusing on building an operation up to be at the front of the pack.

“People have said that I look more relaxed the last few months. I don’t know why that is,” Lowe said.

“When you are at the very front of the grid there is an expectation that you should win every race and if you miss a single one then people are asking questions and consider it to be a disaster then, of course, that does bring a certain level of pressure, I have to say!

“But I think I handle pressure pretty well, so it wasn’t a problem to me. I think the pressure for me in my new job is very different, but it’s still very present.

“We have a lot of work to do. It will be a long road; we take one step at a time to try to move ourselves forward. It’s a different kind of stress and maybe it appears differently on my face.

“But I’m enjoying it whatever. I always enjoy this job, in whatever context.”

Video highlights from Sunday’s Dakar Rally Stage 8: Bikes, Cars, Quads, Trucks

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Sunday’s Stage 8 of the Dakar Rally brought the race into the final country it will compete in, Argentina.

Monday’s Stage 9 was cancelled after bad weather made course conditions impassible for racing. Stage 10 picks up Tuesday morning. The overall Rally ends Saturday.

Here’s some of Sunday’s key video highlights:

BIKES

Antoine Meo wins Stage 8.

QUADS 

Simon Vitse wins Stage 8.

CARS

Stephane Peterhansel wins Stage 8.

TRUCKS

Dmitry Sotnikov wins Stage 8.