New Williams Chief Technical Director Paddy Lowe has said that he believes the Grove based team has strengths over his former team, world champions Mercedes AMG.
Lowe moved to Williams earlier this month and it is something of a homecoming for him as he used to work at the team back in the late 1980’s and ’90’s. Despite the fact that he does not feel his arrival will have an immediate effect on the team’s performance, he does believe that there are some areas where they are very strong indeed.
“The first stage is to get to know the team and see how I can bring value. The challenge is how to make the best with what you have available to get the best gains and the best value from it.”
“That’s no different whether you’re working from one particular base, as I might have in another team, or what we have here. The process is the same and there are undoubtedly things here at Williams that are much better than they have in Mercedes already. I have to see what the strengths are and what are the gaps, and then build on those.”
It has been a bit of an emotional return for Lowe, as his career has virtually come full circle. He started with Williams back in 1987 and is now back at the team after stints at McLaren and Mercedes. Despite the two decades away from the team and the emotion surrounding his return, Lowe says he has no time for sentiment and will just focus and putting Williams back at the front of the pack.
“It was an emotional moment to come back – it’s almost 30 years since I started with Williams at the end of ’87 and it’s very, very special to come back and in effect take on the position of my original boss, Patrick [Head].”
“At the same time, this is not about the sentimental side, this is about going forward and not telling old stories. I’m very excited about the future, and already I’m very happy with what I’ve seen and how we can build on that.”
Paddy Lowe played a key part in Mercedes’ success over the last three years. With his experience and technical know-how, he surely will help take Williams towards the front again, something that many fans worldwide would love to see.