Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains [HPP] managing director Andy Cowell has announced he will be leaving the Formula 1 manufacturer on July 1.
Ever since the introduction of V6 turbo hybrid power units in 2014, Mercedes has been the team to beat in F1, and Cowell has played a significant role in this success.
"Andy's leadership of the team at HPP has been a key factor in our championship success in recent seasons," said team principal Toto Wolff. "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.
"Our philosophy has always been that a winning team is a dynamic organisation, and that change is a natural part of every company's development. I am particularly pleased that we have been able to work together to create a new leadership structure, by building on the strength in depth of the team in Brixworth."
Cowell will be succeeded by Mercedes F1 power unit director Hywel Thomas, but the 51-year-old will stick around to 'consult with Mercedes-Benz AG on a major future project until at least early 2021'.
Cowell said: "After 16 enjoyable years working for HPP, I have decided that now is the right time to move on from my role and 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."
Given the speculation that Wolff will be moving to Racing Point/Aston Martin for 2021, all eyes will now be focused on where Cowell next elects to call home.
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