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Williams confirm Lowe's departure


London (AFP)

Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe will not return to the struggling Formula One team after his departure was confirmed on Tuesday.

Lowe had been on a leave of absence since the week before the F1 season got underway after a series of production issues delayed the roll-out of the new FW42 for pre-season testing.

That followed a bitterly disappointing 2018 season that saw Williams finish last in the constructors' championship.

"After a period of careful reflection I have reached the decision that I will not return to work at Williams," said Lowe in a team statement.

Williams are the only team yet to register a point in this season's championship after eight races.

The British team, which has won nine constructors' and seven drivers' world titles, has drafted in co-founder and former technical chief Patrick Head on a consultancy basis.

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