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Toto Wolff: Mercedes can continue success without Paddy Lowe

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is adamant the departure of technical chief Paddy Lowe will not impact its chances of continuing recent success in 2017 and beyond.

On Tuesday, Mercedes confirmed Lowe's departure from the team, which comes after a period of speculation he is set for a move to Williams. Lowe has played a key role in Mercedes' dominance since 2014, overseeing the design of three consecutive title-winning cars.

The departure leaves Mercedes, already short of one driver after Nico Rosberg's retirement in December, searching for a new head of its technical operation just six weeks until the start of winter testing for the 2017 season. Wolff has praised Lowe's impact since joining from McLaren in 2013 but is sure the team has the depth of talent to continue its recent success without him.

"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," 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."

Former Ferrari technical boss James Allison appears to be the most logical candidate for the Mercedes job. Allison left Ferrari last July but since then has been tipped for a quick return to the F1 paddock.