Paddy Lowe has left Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport

Just tidying up a few loose ends. As you’ll probably have heard by now, after three and a half very successful years, Paddy Lowe is now on what the F1 industry calls garden leave.

For the record, the senior directors remaining are Aldo Costa (Engineering), Mark Ellis (Performance), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology).

Further information “will be communicated in due course” but the smart money is on Paddy joining Williams and former Ferrari technical director James Allison filling Mr Lowe’s booties.

The 54-year-old Lowe led Mercedes to three drivers’ and constructors’ championship doubles in a row from 2014 to 2016. The man needs a new challenge, as they say.

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