Following three and a half very successful years, Executive technical director, Paddy Lowe, will be leaving Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport after beginning a period of ‘garden leave' on Tuesday.

"I have had a fantastically successful and enjoyable three and a half years at Mercedes working with an incredible team of people,” he said. "I am now looking forward to a new challenge and wish everyone well at Mercedes."

Lowe's contract with the team was up at the end of 2016 and it is thought that he will is on his way to the WilliamsF1 outfit, however this is yet to be confirmed by either party.

“The company's Board wishes Paddy well with his future endeavours and thanks him for his significant contribution to the team's achievements,” Mercedes said in a statement.

In the short term, the team's technical organisation will continue to operate under the proven and established leadership of their senior directors Aldo Costa (Engineering Director), Mark Ellis (Performance Director), Rob Thomas (Chief Operating Officer) and Geoff Willis (Technology Director).

"Paddy has played an important part in our success during the past three and a half years and we thank him for his contribution to this significant chapter in Mercedes' motorsport history,” Toto Wolff said.

“Success in Formula One is not about single individuals but about the strength in depth and technical capability of an organisation. We have the talent in place to continue our success of recent years and we plan to build upon it in 2017 and beyond."