Paddy Lowe

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Paddy Lowe

Paddy Lowe - Zero Petroleum.jpg
Lowe in 2021
Patrick Allen Lowe

(1962-04-08) 8 April 1962 (age 60)
Alma materSevenoaks School
Sidney Sussex College
University of Cambridge
OccupationFounder and CEO, Zero Petroleum; Former Formula One Chief Technical Officer
SpouseAnna Danshina

Patrick Allen Lowe FREng (born 8 April 1962), known as Paddy Lowe, is the founder and CEO of the fossil-free synthetic fuel company Zero Petroleum. A former motor racing engineer and computer scientist, he spent 32 years working in Formula One and served as Chief Technical Officer at Williams Racing, Executive Director (Technical) at Mercedes Formula One team and Technical Director at McLaren.


Lowe attended Sevenoaks School from 1976 until 1980 and graduated from Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge in 1984 with a degree in Engineering.

Formula One career[edit]

Williams (1987–1993)[edit]

In 1987 Lowe was employed by Williams as Joint Head of Electronics. He spent six years at Williams, during which time he oversaw the development of active suspension, used to help Nigel Mansell win the 1992 World Championship.[1]

McLaren (1993–2013)[edit]

Lowe moved to McLaren in 1993, when he was employed as Head of Research and Development, a department subsequently renamed Vehicle Technology.[2] He was head of the department for eight years until 2001, when he was appointed Chief Engineer Systems Development, a role focusing on the race programme for the McLaren MP4-20. In May 2005 he assumed the role of Engineering Director, which gave him responsibility for all the engineering departments.[3] In January 2011 Lowe became the team's Technical Director.[4] He left McLaren in 2013.

Mercedes (2013–2017)[edit]

Lowe with Mercedes during the 2015 Italian Grand Prix

Lowe moved to the Mercedes Formula One team as Executive Director on 3 June 2013.[5][6]

In 2015 Lowe was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He and his elder brother Professor Michael Lowe were the first brothers to both be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[7]

On 10 January 2017, Mercedes announced that Lowe had left the team, and entered a period of garden leave.[8]

Return to Williams (2017–2019)[edit]

Lowe returned to Williams as Chief Technical Officer on 16 March 2017.[9] He replaced Pat Symonds, who left the team at the end of 2016. Alongside his technical position, Lowe became a shareholder in the team.[10] The Williams cars under his supervision, FW41 and FW42, turned out to be largely uncompetitive and relegated Williams to the bottom of the Constructors' Championship in 2018 and 2019. On 6 March 2019 it was announced that Lowe would be taking a leave of absence due to personal reasons after the 2019 car was not completed before the start of winter testing.[11] On 25 June 2019, his leave was made permanent and Lowe left Williams with immediate effect.[12]

Formula One World Championships[edit]

Zero Petroleum[edit]

Lowe is the co-founder of Zero Petroleum, a British technology company that he formed in 2020 to develop and manufacture whole-blend synthetic, non-biological fuels – petrol (gasoline), diesel and jet fuel – in a completely fossil-free process, using just carbon dioxide taken from the air and renewable hydrogen made from water. Lowe calls this process petrosynthesis. Synthetic fuels, which can be made at scale, can be dropped straight into the existing engines of cars, aircraft, commercial and agricultural vehicles, allowing them to run sustainably in exactly the same way and with the same performance as they do on fossil fuels, without the need for any engine modification. They eliminate greenhouse gas accumulation through the creation of a circular carbon cycle, and so eliminate the need for fossil fuels in global industries such as aviation.


Lowe is married to screen actress, Anna Danshina. He has two children from a previous relationship: Noah Kelly and Finty Kelly.

His brother, Michael Lowe, is a British mechanical engineer.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kenward, Michael (March 2018). "A formula for success". Ingenia (74): 37–42. Retrieved 24 March 2018.


  1. ^ "Mercedes AMG F1 - Team Management". Archived from the original on 13 August 2018. Retrieved 11 September 2016.
  2. ^ "New McLaren technical team looks back". 27 January 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Team McLaren-Technical Team". Archived from the original on 25 January 2008. Retrieved 15 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Lowe becomes McLaren's tech director". 27 January 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2011.
  5. ^ "Paddy Lowe to join Mercedes early". 20 May 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
  6. ^ "'Brawn not threatened by Lowe's arrival'". 29 June 2013. Archived from the original on 3 July 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  7. ^ Kenwood, Michael. "A formula for success". Retrieved 30 December 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Paddy Lowe to leave Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport". 10 January 2017. Archived from the original on 25 January 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Ex-Mercedes F1 chief Paddy Lowe starts work at Williams". 2 May 2017.
  10. ^ Chuck Penfold. "Paddy Lowe joins Williams as technical director". DW. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ Galloway, James (8 March 2019). "Paddy Lowe takes 'leave of absence' from Williams F1". Sky Sports. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  12. ^ Benson, Andrew (25 June 2019). "Williams technical chief Paddy Lowe officially leaves team". Retrieved 27 June 2019.