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  • Writer's pictureRhonan Colquhoun

F1: Mercedes engine boss to leave

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

Andy Cowell, who oversaw Mercedes High Performance Powertrains, will leave his role at the end of the month to "seek a new engineering challenge."

19th June 2020

Pivotal to the dominance of Mercedes in F1 since 2014, Cowell had been the managing director of Mercedes HPP for the last seven years. His role was vital through the development of the turbo hybrid engine which has contributed to seven consecutive driver's and constructor's championships.

From 2014 to 2016, the engine produced by Brixworth was by far the best on the grid compared to the like of Ferrari, Renault and Honda. Since then, it's remained the benchmark for not just performance but for overall quality, efficiency and reliability.

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said: "Andy's leadership of the team at HPP has been a key factor in our championship success in recent seasons. He has made an outstanding contribution to our motorsport legacy."

At 51, Cowell is leaving the end of June to "seek a new engineering challenge."

Until then, he will work alongside his replacement Hywel Thomas to help the transition to a new leadership.

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