Mercedes’ managing director of powertrains, Andy Cowell, is to step down from his position, the team has announced.
He informed the team of his plans in January, and a new management structure will be implemented from next month to spread his responsibility among Mercedes’ management. Cowell will remain with the team until early 2021.
Hywel Thomas is to be appointed as managing director with direct responsibility for the F1 power unit. The leadership team will also involve Adam Allsopp and Markus Schaefer on the Mercedes’ Project One road car programme, operations director Richard Stevens and finance and IT director Ronald Ballhaus. Mercedes’ Formula E engine project will continue to be handled by chief engineer Pierre Godof.
According to Mercedes, “this new structure will enable the company to deliver three key projects to the highest possible standards in the coming years: the F1 power unit, the Formula E powertrain and the powertrain development and production of the Mercedes-AMG One.”
Cowell said he is leaving the team to “seek a new engineering business challenge.”
“I have appreciated the opportunity to work with Markus and Toto in defining the future leadership structure of the company and I have every confidence in the ability of Hywel and the team to lead the company forward.
“It has been an absolute honour to work for Mercedes and especially to be managing director of HPP [High Performance Powertrains] for seven years. Thank you to everyone who has provided me with such amazing opportunities and enjoyable challenges, especially Ola Kaellenius who had the courage to support me back in 2006.”
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Cowell’s contribution “has been a key factor in our championship success in recent seasons.
“He has made an outstanding contribution to our motorsport legacy and I have valued and enjoyed our working relationship since 2013. I am sure he will enjoy great success in the next challenge he decides to take on.”
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