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Paddy Lowe

Paddy Lowe is the Chief Technical Officer at Williams Group.

After graduating from the University of Cambridge in 1984 with a degree in Engineering, Paddy joined Williams as Joint Head of Electronics.

Paddy spent six years at Williams, during which time he oversaw the development of the active suspension used on the iconic FW14B, which led Nigel Mansell to his 1992 world championship success.

He was also present at Williams during Nelson Piquet and Alain Prost’s world championship winning years in 1987 and 1993, two years in which the team also triumphed in the Constructors’ championship.

Paddy moved to McLaren in 1993 as Head of Research and Development, which was renamed Vehicle Technology. He remained head of the department until 2001 when he was appointed Chief Engineer of Systems Development.

In 2005 Paddy took on the role of Engineering Director, where he oversaw Lewis Hamilton’s championship success of 2008, before becoming Technical Director in 2011.

Paddy moved to Mercedes Grand Prix in 2013 as Executive Director, working alongside Williams’ former shareholder, Toto Wolff. During his time at Mercedes, Paddy oversaw three consecutive Constructors’ Championships and three consecutive Drivers’ Championships with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

After 24 years away Paddy returned to Williams in 2017 as Chief Technical Officer and as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

Career History:

  • 2017                 Chief Technical Officer, Williams Group

  • 2013 – 2017      Executive Director, Mercedes AMG Petronas

  • 2011 – 2013      Technical Director, McLaren

  • 2005 – 2011      Engineering Director, McLaren

  • 2001 – 2005      Chief Engineer of Systems Development, McLaren

  • 1993 – 2001      Head of Research and Development (Vehicle Technology), McLaren

  • 1987 – 1993      Joint Head of Electronics, Williams

  • 1984                 Degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge

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