Williams: We’re not in a rush to replace Paddy Lowe

epa05908306 Paddy Lowe (R) technical Chief of Williams Formula One team and Claire Williams (L), deputy team principal walk down the paddock of the Sakhir circuit near Manama, Bahrain, 14 April 2017. The 2017 Formula One Grand Prix of Bahrain will take place on 16 April 2017. EPA/SRDJAN SUKI

Recently ousted Renault technical boss Nick Chester could be set to join chronic Formula 1 backmarker Williams, but the once mightiest team insists they are in no rush to replace Paddy Lowe, the tech boss that led them to the state they are now in.

After a disappointing 2019, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul said the team’s drivers and engine are now strong, “so by elimination, there is the chassis” Chester could find work at Grove.

“We never comment on personnel issues and certainly not on rumours,” Claire Williams told Speed Week.

In Abu Dhabi, she told media that Williams already has a “good technical team” but admitted: “Of course you always look around the paddock but we’re not in a rush to replace Paddy Lowe. We want to do the right thing for Williams.”

2018 Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin said recently that he thinks the embattled team should focus now on 2021, to “get the most out of the new regulations.”

Williams admits that the new rules are both an opportunity and a challenge for a team like hers, “I think it will be slightly easier for the top three teams with bigger budgets. For us, it is a real challenge back at the factory, trying to run those two programs, for next year, for 2021.

“Really we’re looking at 2019 and 2020 as one long campaign, but we wanted the 2021 regulations to come in. We lobbied hard for them so we’ve just got to deal with the problem head-on,” Williams added.