LONDON — Former technical director Paddy Lowe is leaving Williams with immediate effect and has stepped down from the board of directors, the Formula One team said on Tuesday.
Lowe had been on an extended leave of absence since March 5, before the start of the season.
“After a period of careful reflection I have reached the decision that I will not return to work at Williams,” he said in a team statement.
Lowe’s position at the former world champions appeared shaky last year and worsened after they failed to finish their new car in time for the start of preseason testing in Barcelona and turned up two days late.
The team is last in the championship and has yet to score a point with a car that has been the slowest on track all season.
Williams finished last over
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