MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 30: Paddy Lowe of Mercedes GP in the paddock prior to second practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 30, 2015 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

The Williams Formula One team has finally confirmed what the F1 world has known for months, that former Mercedes man Paddy Lowe has been appointed as the Grove based squad’s Chief Technical Officer, effective immediately.

Paddy will take overall management responsibility for the engineering operation at Grove and will also join the company’s Board of Directors and take a shareholding in the company, underlining his passion and commitment to working with Claire Williams and Mike O’Driscoll to drive the Williams Group forward.

Paddy started his Formula One career with Williams in 1987 as a control systems engineer, working with Sir Patrick Head and Adrian Newey. In his six years with the team he helped pioneer the active suspension system that took Nigel Mansell to the 1992 World Championship in the FW14B. Paddy then moved to McLaren in 1993 and spent two decades at the Woking based team in the positions of Head of Research and Development, Chief Engineer, Engineering Director and finally Technical Director, helping the team secure three Drivers’ Championships and one Constructors’ Championship during that time.

“I‘ve always had a deep respect for Williams – my first team in Formula One,” he said. “It is a huge honour to return in this leadership position and to have the opportunity to become a shareholder. I am extremely motivated to play my part in bringing success back to the team. The vision for the future set out by the Williams Board is powerful and has compelled me to join an organisation committed to building on its unique legacy and to reaching the pinnacle of Formula One once again. I’m looking forward to this exciting new phase to my career working with Claire, Mike and Nick and with the rest of this great team – especially Frank himself, who is one of the most committed “racers” I know!”

During his 29 years in the sport, Paddy has contributed to 158 race wins, 7 Drivers’ Championship titles and 5 Constructors’ Championship titles: an impressive CV making him one of the leading engineers in the Formula One paddock.