Potential Technical Shake-up: Paddy Lowe to Williams and James Allison to Mercedes

Mercedes Technical Director Paddy Lowe is on the verge of a switch to Williams in a move that would possibly bookend a career which started with the Grove-based outfit 30-years-ago.

Lowe has been in charge of the technical and sporting aspect of the Mercedes team throughout its era of dominance and has played his role in helping secure three double-title season’s on the bounce. Mercedes have declined to comment, which only adds more weight to the move.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 24: Paddy Lowe of Mercedes and Great Britain during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 24, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 24: Paddy Lowe of Mercedes and Great Britain during the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 24, 2016 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

His replacement at Mercedes is believed to be ex-Ferrari Technical Director James Allison, who is on a year’s gardening leave. Allison has already rejected the approach of Williams and Renault, and Red Bull aren’t interested given their existing strong technical line-up that includes Adrian Newey.

Allison worked at Ferrari through Michael Schumacher’s dominant era in red between 2000-2004 and was also at Renault for Alonso’s double in 2005/2006.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates with James Allison, Chassis Technical Director of Ferrari after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates with James Allison, Chassis Technical Director of Ferrari after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Paddy Lowe would have to work a 6-month notice with Mercedes and Allison won’t be returning to the sport until the summer of 2017, so the dates could fit should Lowe announce his departure at the right time. This of course means that neither technical brain would be working on the Williams and Mercedes of 2017. But for the following year, when the regulations are ┬ámore embedded into the sport, both could be working on their new drawing boards in new teams for 2018.