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Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes and heads out on gardening leave // A change of technical leadership at the top

Published by Christine Blachford

Paddy Lowe leaves Mercedes and heads out on gardening leave
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Mercedes have confirmed the long-held suspicion that Paddy Lowe, executive director (technical), will be leaving the squad. There’s talk that he’s headed to Williams as part of a deal that may fill the spare Mercedes seat, but we know nothing of that, only that Paddy is leaving Mercedes and now goes on a period of gardening leave.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff says: “Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes’ motorsport history. Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation.”

With that in mind, the team are confident enough not to fill Paddy’s role like for like immediately, instead trusting the current technical leadership structure which includes Aldo Costa, Rob Thomas and Geoff Willis for the short term future.