Williams chief technical officer Paddy Lowe has warned against making management changes at the team despite its delayed start to pre-season testing.
Lowe (pictured above) was in charge of overseeing the delivery of the FW42, but the car was not ready for the first pre-season test and only appeared on track over halfway through the third day. The car was clearly the slowest by the end of the test — although the lost running had an impact to a certain degree — leading to questions being asked of Lowe’s position within the team.
“What I have observed is over many years in Formula 1 there is a habit of changing the people when things don’t work — but what I’ve also observed is that the stronger teams are the ones who do exactly the opposite,” Lowe said. “Every difficulty and every problem in a team is an opportunity to learn, not only to not repeat it but to be even stronger next time.
“I came up with that line at a previous place and they still use it — every difficulty will be regretted by the competition because we will come back stronger — but when you have an issue you take that learning and you turn it into an advantage. What you shouldn’t do is go and get rid of people because you will throw away that experience and knowledge. It is very important that the team build together, develop together and grow together to become stronger and more effective.
“It was also assumed that we could conclude something so simple as to laying blame on a person in what is an incredibly complicated set of circumstances.”
Lowe insists he has no concerns over his future at Williams, and believes the team holds the same opinion he does about keeping the key personnel in place to learn from this winter’s problems.
“I am not aware of any different view. Something to bear in mind is it is not the first time teams haven’t shown up on day one and it is an incredibly difficult task to get a car out to run, particularly with the constant desire to keep pushing performance.
“If you are pushing out the same car that you did last year it would be all quite easy. While we’ve had a failure in terms of delivery, in context we are still here, we have a car running reliably and we’ll put it behind us and learn from it to make us stronger.”