ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 25: Paddy Lowe, Mercedes Technical Executive Director in the garage during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

According to various different reports on the web, Mercedes Chief technical Director, Paddy Lowe, could be leaving the reigning world champions after failing to come to an agreement in regard to renewing his contract.

Lowe has been with the team for more than twenty years, however if reports are to be believed, a shock move to the WilliamsF1 team, who also run with Mercedes power, could have already be signed and sealed.

“I gather that is out there that there has been a debate on that subject,” he said at the Autosport Awards when asked about his future. “I’ve been with Mercedes for 22 years now, either working for them or with them, so I have got no reason to see why that should change. It is going very well.”

And if he made the switch back to the team that gave him his start in the sport, he would still be working with Mercedes, just in a different way as they will continue to run the German engines in the 2017 season.

Lowe stated at the time that a decision would be made before the end of the year and time for that to happen is rapidly running out and not only would the team be looking for a new driver, but a new technical chief as well with former Ferrari man James Alison being a strong bet as a replacement.