Rumours of Paddy Lowe exiting Mercedes at the end of 2016 have come to fruition this week, as the team announced his exit earlier today.
In a statement on their website, Mercedes said: “Following three and a half successful years, Paddy Lowe will be leaving Mercedes. He has now begun a period of gardening leave.”
According to Autosport, Lowe is set to be replaced by James Allison who joins after a brief stint at Ferrari, which he departed back in August last year due to personal reasons. Lowe meanwhile is believed to be heading off to Williams, where a more managerial role will be on offer.
In the short term Aldo Costa (Engineering Director) will take up the technical leadership roles alongside Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).
“I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people,” said Lowe. “I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes.”
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