Technical chief of F1 team Mercedes quits

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 11, 2017 10:20 AM
Technical chief of F1 team Mercedes quits
FILE - In this Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 file photo Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates after finishing second to win the 2016 world championship during the Emirates Formula One Grand Prix at the Yas Marina racetrack in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, File)

BRACKLEY, England (AP) — One of the architects behind Mercedes' recent success in Formula One is leaving the team after 3 1/2 years.

Paddy Lowe, who was the technical brains of Mercedes in his role as executive director, has begun a period of gardening leave and said Tuesday he was "looking forward to a new challenge."

In the 54-year-old Lowe's time at Mercedes, the British-based team won both the drivers' and constructors' titles every year from 2014 to 2016.

Toto Wolff, head of motorsport at Mercedes, thanked Lowe for his "contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes' motorsport history" and said there was "talent in place to continue our success of recent years."

It has been reported in the British media that Lowe is set to join Williams, one of Mercedes' rivals in F1.

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