Mercedes has lost another team member for the 2017 season. This time, however, it is the Executive Technical Director of the team, Paddy Lowe.
The speculation is that Lowe may continue his Formula 1 tenure with Williams, who he had began his career with back in 1987. He had also worked with McLaren between 1993 and 2011, and— for the past 3 and half years— has helped Mercedes shape their dynasty around performance and engineering.
Mercedes stand by the notion that the operations will run similar to previous years, and they credit their vast network of professionals to the success of the team, rather than just an individual. There is also no word that Lowe will be replaced at this point, but that Mercedes will continue with the team they have; most likely promoting from within. The shift in personnel will undoubtedly make for a more difficult season on the Mercedes team, but it is unlikely they will fall drastically in the Constructor Standings.
Currently, they are still looking to replace 2016 Driver Champion Nico Rosberg, but it is more than likely that Valtteri Bottas will sign with the team within the next few weeks. There is a great chance that Bottas would be promoted to the reigning Constructor Champions, as it has been the only real option fans have received regarding Mercedes’ replacement.
Mercedes are also planning on unveiling their new F1 W08 on February 23rd at Silverstone Circuit in England, and it is expected that both of the 2017 drivers will be in attendance at the event. With just over two months before the start of the season, Mercedes will really need to finalize all decisions if they plan to have another successful season.