Williams' Paddy Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence' Citing Personal Reasons

Florence Fletcher
March 9, 2019

As if Williams didn't have enough problems to contend with already following its troubled start to its season and the departure of its technical director Paddy Lowe.

But a spokesperson for the team said that Rowe will be "taking a leave of absence from the business for personal reasons", in a message sent to a media WhatsApp group.

Having missed the first two and a half days of testing in Barcelona because the auto was not ready, Williams is already heading to the season opener on the back foot. A auto that was late for pre-season testing could be tolerated.

Paddy Lowe has left Williams.

It is unclear what Lowe's intended absence means for his Williams career; the Englishman re-joined the British marque in 2017 after winning three consecutive titles with Mercedes.

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That increased expectations for the FW42 but also raised the significance of the auto in terms of the competence of Williams's new senior structure.

But, one week before the F1 season begins in Australia, it has emerged that Lowe has stepped away from his role.

The team conducted a major review into its processes over the 2018 season to ensure its '19 auto did not suffer from the same problems.

But it is clear that Lowe, a highly regarded engineer from his earlier time at McLaren and Mercedes, is nearly certainly stepping down from his role as technical director.

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