Lowe keen to avoid ‘radical’ changes at Williams

Lowe keen to avoid ‘radical’ changes at Williams

Formula 1

Lowe keen to avoid ‘radical’ changes at Williams


Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe says he will not make “radical” changes as he attempts to move the team further up the grid.

Following back-to-back top-three finishes in the constructors’ championship in 2014 and 2015, Williams slipped to fifth place in each of the last two years and was over 100 points adrift of Force India last season. Having only started work at the team in March of last year, Lowe has been identifying areas that need improving but says his approach is always to make subtle changes rather than a major overhaul.

“I think the important thing [to focus on] is the project itself, so the car for 2018, but in amongst that there’s developing the organization itself and developing the capability of that organization,” Lowe told RACER.

“So what investments are we making in machinery or software or technology of all sorts? Making sure we’re using the budget in the best way in terms of distribution. Do we have enough effort in the right areas? These are all things that I’m working on in parallel with the project itself, which is the car.

“There’s nothing radical to be done, it’s not my style to go in and create revolution because I’ve not found that necessary or seen it effective. What we’ve got is actually a good team, it’s about making it better and that’s about evolving in the right directions, building what needs to be strengthened with the focus and the priority on the things that matter.

“There’s nothing particular to highlight in that way, or if there were I probably wouldn’t describe them!”

And Lowe admits one of the biggest difference between Williams and former team Mercedes is the ability to address more issues at once in a team with a bigger budget and workforce.

“Yeah you do more often bump up against resource constraints in a small team than you do in a big team. So you can write a long list of all the things that are worth doing and then you have to go and look at what are the ones that you actually have the capacity to deliver.

“But even there there’s judgment needed and that’s part of the competition – making the right judgments about what things are worth doing and what things you leave for another day.”