Rumours surrounding Lowe 'gardening leave'

Published on 31 Jan 2017 13:28
image

Force India is arguing against Paddy Lowe being allowed to start work at Williams early in 2017. That is the claim of Germany's Auto Motor und Sport, amid widespread claims that Lowe - the recently departed Mercedes technical boss - is poised to switch to Williams. However, "The parties are still negotiating," revealed correspondent Michael Schmidt.

But it is now three weeks since Lowe left the reigning world champions, and it is an "open secret" that he is going to Williams, Schmidt added. It could be that Williams and Lowe are still talking about his official title, with the British team needing to replace Pat Symonds while Lowe, 54, "wants more".

Another reason for the holdup, according to Schmidt, could be that Force India apparently doubts whether Lowe should be allowed to start at Grove straight away. It is believed a curtailing of Lowe's 'gardening leave' was a negotiating factor in Valtteri Bottas' move from Williams to Mercedes to replace Nico Rosberg in 2017.

But the FIA is understood to have no issue with Lowe starting work immediately. As for James Allison, who is set to move to Mercedes to replace Lowe, he will have to sit out a period of gardening leave as dictated by Ferrari. "Ferrari has put him on ice until March," Schmidt claims. (GMM)



Replies (0)

AZ
        Azerbaijan Grand Prix
Local time
Sunday Weather image
Race
15:00 - 17:00
 
 
Fastest lap
15:00 - 17:00
 
 
Saturday Weather image
Free practice 3
12:00 - 13:00
 
 
Qualifying
15:00 - 16:00
 
 
Friday Weather image
Free practice 1
11:00 - 12:30
 
 
Free practice 2
15:00 - 16:30
 
 
 
Give your opinion!
Will 2017's new regulations bring more exciting racing?





Driver profile
Name FI Valtteri Bottas
Active As Mercedes Driver in Formula 1
Date of birth Aug 28 1989 (27)
Weight 70 kg
Length 1.73m
City Monaco
36,862 comments on Bottas
3 members have this driver as their favourite
Tweets about Valtteri Bottas
Track Baku City Circuit
 
Track Baku City Circuit
Location AZ Baku, Azerbaijan
Website Website
 
Team profile
Name IT Ferrari
Founding date Jan 1 1929
219,778 comments on Ferrari
179 members have this team as their favourite
Website http://www.ferrari.com
Location Maranello
Tweets about Ferrari
Formula 1 Calendar
Previous Grand Prix: 11 June 2017
CA Grand Prix of Canada Grand Prix of Canada
Next Grand Prix: 25 June 2017
AZ Azerbaijan Grand Prix Azerbaijan Grand Prix