Williams Tech Chief Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence'

Williams Tech Chief Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence'

Williams Tech Chief Lowe Takes 'Leave Of Absence'

Pressure had already begun building on Lowe, who influenced the design of Williams' 2018 vehicle, when the team registered the lowest finish in its history a year ago.

Russell conceded that Williams is now Formula 1's slowest team while Kubica revealed that he had completed only 20 per cent of his ideal pre-season programme.

The auto made its on track debut two and a half days after testing had begun following production delays. Drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica's lack of running led them to suggest it will likely be slowest of all the 10 teams. His first vehicle, the FW41 scored just seven points across the season in what was a disastrous year.

Two years ago, Paddy Lowe was the messiah for Williams.


Now, in the wake of Paddy Lowe's leave of absence, it has been revealed that following testing the FIA has raised questions over the legality of the FW42's mirrors and front suspension, which must be resolved in time for Melbourne.

No further information was supplied.

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

The 2019 Formula 1 season is just over one week away with the opening race of the season taking place at the Australian Grand Prix on March 17.

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