Williams just announced that the team’s (former) Chief Technical Officer Paddy Lowe is leaving the team and stepping down from the board of directors with immediate effect.
Lowe’s leave of absence was announced just ahead of the first race of the 2019 season, after the team failed to produce the new car in time for pre-season testing. Under Lowe’s technical guidance the team had its worst result in history (until 2019) in 2018 when they finished last in the championship.
Williams announced Lowe is leaving the team with a short statement: “Paddy Lowe, who has been on an extended leave of absence since 5 March, will be leaving Williams and will step down from the board of directors with immediate effect.”
In the statement it was said to be Lowe’s decision.
“After a period of careful reflection I have reached the decision that I will not return to work at Williams,” said Lowe.
“I wish all my previous colleagues the very best to meet the challenges ahead, which I am sure they will do. I would especially like to thank the Williams fans who are so supportive.”
Claire Williams gave her comments on the decision.
“We understand and respect the decision Paddy has reached and wish him well for the future,” said Williams.
The news comes as no surprise to anyone as everybody thought the “leave of absence” was just code for Lowe being asked to leave the team. The question that remains now is who will replace Lowe as technical chief of the team. We tried to answer that question when Lowe’s leave of absence was first announced in an editorial titled “No love for Lowe or What to do now?”
Source: Williams F1