Williams' Paddy Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence' Citing Personal Reasons

Williams' Paddy Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence' Citing Personal Reasons

Williams' Paddy Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence' Citing Personal Reasons

The team confirmed Lowe "has taken a leave of absence from the business for personal reasons", effective immediately.

As if Williams didn't have enough problems to contend with already following its troubled start to its season and the departure of its technical director Paddy Lowe.

After missing the opening two and half days' running in Barcelona, Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams said she was "embarrassed" that the team had failed to finish their 2019 auto on time but insisted a full debrief into the cause had not yet been carried out.

Lowe, who re-joined Williams from Mercedes in early 2017, has overseen a slump in form at the operation, as it slipped to last in the Constructors' Championship.

As well as his responsibilities as technical chief, Lowe acquired a shareholding in Williams when he joined.

Pre-season testing for the Grove based team has been tough the late debut of the FW42.

Deputy team principal Claire Williams last week denied claims the auto was not completed on time due to delays with external suppliers or financial problems.

But, one week before the F1 season begins in Australia, it has emerged that Lowe has stepped away from his role. Drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica's lack of running led them to suggest it will likely be slowest of all the 10 teams.

The FW42 was the second auto to be completed under Lowe's watch since he joined Williams from Mercedes two years ago.

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