Williams has recruited Paddy Lowe as its new technical chief, the Englishman returning to the Grove-based squad after 25 years.
Lowe joins Williams after spending the last four years at Mercedes, during which he spearheaded the German manufacturer to three successive titles.
Lowe will have a wider role to play at Williams, having also taken a shareholding in the company alongside founder Frank Williams and Mike O’Driscoll.
The 54-year-old replaces Pat Symonds, who left Williams at the end of last year .
Speaking after his appointment, Lowe said: “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!”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, added; “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.”
by Rachit Thukral