Mercedes F1 director Paddy Lowe leaves team

Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe has left the Formula 1 title-winning team, sources have revealed, ahead of a rumoured switch to Williams

Mercedes F1 director Paddy Lowe leaves team

As Autosport's sister title Motorsport.com reported before Christmas, Lowe accepted a job offer late last year to join Williams after being won over by the Grove-based F1 outfit's ambitions.

Although Lowe had played an instrumental part in helping Mercedes secure three consecutive double world championships, his future had come in to doubt at the end of his contracted term.

Negotiations with Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff were delayed until after the 2016 campaign finished, but in the end no deal could be reached.

Mercedes declined to comment on the matter when contacted by Autosport on Tuesday.

The Lowe situation is intriguing because it comes at a time when Mercedes is in discussions with Williams about trying to reach agreement for Valtteri Bottas to move teams.

There have been suggestions that part of an agreement could include Lowe not being forced to take gardening leave and being able to join Williams immediately.

Lowe is expected to take a senior management position at Williams, having long been eager to step up from a pure technical role to actually running a team.

Chief technical officer Pat Symonds left Williams at the end of 2016.

Mercedes is expected to appoint former Ferrari technical director James Allison to replace Lowe, once his period of gardening leave is over.

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