Technical head Lowe could follow Rosberg out of Mercedes

Sun Dec 11, 2016 4:38pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

LONDON (Reuters) - Technical head Paddy Lowe could be about to follow newly-retired Formula One world champion Nico Rosberg out of the door at dominant Mercedes.

The website reported multiple sources "with good knowledge of the situation" indicating that Lowe, who has helped Mercedes win three successive constructors' titles, was set to join rivals Williams.

Mercedes, who were rocked by Rosberg's retirement announcement only five days after he won the title at the end of last month in Abu Dhabi, had no comment on rumors about Lowe that have been rife since September.

Williams, who use Mercedes engines and whose Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas has become the bookmakers' favorite to replace Rosberg alongside triple world champion Lewis Hamilton next season, also had no comment.

The BBC reported, without giving a source, that Williams had rejected a Mercedes proposal to slash the price of the team's engines in exchange for releasing the 27-year-old Finn but negotiations were expected to continue.

Lowe started his F1 career with former world champions Williams in 1987, and spent six years there. The team finished fifth overall this year.

Williams current technical head Pat Symonds is 63 and told Reuters in a recent interview that he would still be at the team next year, while also indicating that he was looking to reduce his workload.

"I love motorsport and the engineering of it but it is relentless. It really is intense. I’m still working 60 hours a week and there comes a time when I’d like to do other things as well," he said.   Continued...

Formula One - Grand Prix of Europe - Baku, Azerbaijan - 17/6/16 - Mercedes AMG Formula One technical chief Paddy Lowe looks on during the first practice session.REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov  
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