Williams engineer Paddy Lowe insists that he does not pay any attention to the rumours that his job with the team is under threat due to their testing troubles in Barcelona in which their new 2019 car was late in arriving.
Lowe is highly influential at Williams, and their abject pre-season has left some fans calling for his job. But Lowe, the technical director and also reportedly a team shareholder, says the noises within the Oxfordshire based team are different.
"I have not paid attention to what has been said in the media," he insisted. "I'm working very hard, and there is a lot of work to be done. But we are working well as a team."
However, it might be argued that Williams was not working well when every other team arrived on time for the Barcelona tests.
Asked what the problem was, Lowe said: "It's so complicated that I can't explain it simply.
"There are definitely several factors that led to the delay, but I would say that the sheer complexity of modern formula one cars caught us on the wrong foot.
"We're not the first team ever that didn't complete their new car for the first test, and we will learn from it and make it better next year," Lowe added.
Formerly at Mercedes, the highly respected 56-year-old engineer says Williams is now busily getting on with its preparations for Australia.
"We will arrive in Australia with two race cars and spare parts. Then we are back in the game as though nothing has happened," he said.
However, rookie driver George Russell admits Williams will almost certainly be last on the grid in Melbourne.
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