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Graeme Lowdon

Formula 1 employee

Graeme Lowdon
Credit: Marussia F1 Team
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NationalityGBR

Lowdon made a huge impression on Formula One when he arrived as CEO of the Marussia team, having helped the Manor Motorsport group create their F1 squad. He worked through the team's several iterations, including Virgin Racing, and was a refreshingly honest and open boss wherever possible. Lowdon managed to save the team from administration at the end of 2014, but disagreements with the new owner left him out of the team at the end of 2015.

Biography

Graeme Lowdon studied mechanical engineering at university, gaining a degree and putting it to good use in the power and energy industry. After some globe-trotting, Lowdon returned to the UK to set up his own company, as well as help put together a Formula Renault racing team.

It was at the turn of the millennium when Lowdon joined Manor Motorsport, taking up a non-executive role with the outfit. He assisted them to create their brand new Formula One team, ready to enter the 2010 F1 season. At the same time, he had co-founded Nomad Digital, a communications company specialising in providing and improving wifi connectivity on trains.

The train connection led him to Virgin, which brought Richard Branson on board, turning Manor Motorsport into Virgin Racing. Lowdon remained with the team throughout, taking up the Chief Executive Officer role. He helped the squad navigate the split with Wirth Research as well as with Virgin Racing, but couldn't help the team avoid administration at the end of the 2014 season.

Ahead of the 2015 season, Lowdon helped the team back out of administration with new owners, and he worked through the year. At the end of the season, he and long-time Manor employee John Booth left after disagreements with the bosses.