Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Pat Symonds to join Williams

The Williams F1 team has announced the departure of Mike Coughlan from his position as Technical Director and the arrival of Pat Symonds as Chief Technical Officer. Mike Coughlan was earlier the Chief Designer at McLaren before being suspended and charged in the Spygate affair in 2007.

Pat Symonds is no stranger to controversy either. He was charged in 2009 for the crashgate saga of 2008 and was banned from the sport for 5 year. The ban was then overturned by a court and in a out of court settlement it was agreed that he could work as a consultant to a team till 2013, after which he could join a team full time. He has worked as a Technical Consultant for Marussia F1 Team since 2011.

Symonds’ 30 year Formula One career has seen him achieve success with some of the sport’s most accomplished teams and drivers. Having started his career at Toleman, it was with Benetton and subsequently Renault that he achieved extraordinary success. His partnerships with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso produced 32 race wins, four Drivers’ World Championships and three Constructors’ World Championships. Since 2009, he has run his own high technology and motorsports consultancy in addition to acting as a Technical Consultant to the Marussia F1 Team.

Speaking about the appointment, Williams F1 Team Founder and Team Principal Sir Frank Williams said; “I’m delighted that Pat is joining the team. His technical capabilities and sporting successes speak for themselves and I’m sure that his knowledge and leadership will contribute considerably to the success that all of us at Williams are working hard to achieve.”

Mike O’Driscoll, Group Chief Executive Officer said; “Williams’ sporting and engineering heritage dictates that we secure the finest talent available. Pat brings unrivalled technical and managerial skills in addition to a proven ability to deliver on track results. Our commitment to return Williams to winning ways is absolute and this appointment is yet more evidence of our collective desire to return the team to the position it deserves.”

Pat Symonds said; “Williams is a team steeped in success and engineering excellence and I’m honoured to be asked to play a role in returning the team to its rightful place at the pinnacle of Formula One. Sir Frank, Mike and Claire have put in place the foundations for success and I’m immensely excited to begin this new challenge.”

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