Former Technical Director of Mercedes from 2014 to 2016, Paddy Lowe has left the ROKit Williams F1 Team just over a week until the 2019 F1 Season starts in Australia, Melbourne.
Williams Technical Chief, Paddy Lowe, has left the team and will take a ‘leave of absence’.
Lowe, joined the team in 2017 after a very successful stint at Mercedes where the team won the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Constructors World Championship along with the Driver’s Championship each year won by both Lewis Hamilton (2014/2015) and Nico Rosberg (2016).
Williams endured a tough 2018 campaign finishing last of the teams that competed in the championship with only 7 points scored across the 21 races.
Williams missed the first two days of the 1st Pre-Season Test at Barcelona in Spain which meant that while the other teams were focusing on performance work, they were still running aerodynamic tests.
Deputy team principal Claire Williams said at the time that she was was “not just disappointed” by the delay.
After the two tests, Williams finished last on terms of mileage, on 567 laps compared to Mercedes’s staggering amount of 1,190 laps, and last on terms when it came to its overall quickest lap – a 1:18.130 compared to nearest team, Racing Point’s quickest lap was set by Lance Stroll with a 1:17.556.
Spending 2019 at the back?
Williams, who in the past have won 9 Constructors Championship, 7 Driver Titles and 114 race wins, are expected to spend the majority of the first few races at least at the back of the grid.
For 2019, Williams have a completely different driver line-up of F2 Champion, George Russell, and former F1 driver, Robert Kubica, a new title sponsor in the form of ROKit and a fresh approach to Formula One racing
Kubica, winner of the 2008 Canadian GP, returns to racing in the sport for the first time since the 2010 Abu Dhabi GP. Williams’s poor preparation for the upcoming season has not helped the Polish driver as he admits that he is “lacking confidence” ahead of the season-opener in Australia, Melbourne.
It’s unclear if Lowe will return to the Grove-based F1 team, for their sakes and for the sakes their dedicated and loyal fans and Formula One, I hope some order is restored at this historic team.
Formula One 2019 gets under-way on the 15th of March for Practice 1 & 2, the 16th of March for Practice 3 and Qualifying and crucially on the 17th of March for the Race.