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Pat Symonds joins Williams as chief technical officer 16 Jul 2013

Pat Symonds (GBR) Marussia F1.
Formula One Testing, Day 3, Jerez, Spain, Thursday, 7 February 2013 Pastor Maldonado (VEN) Williams FW35.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, German Grand Prix, Race Day, Nurburgring, Germany, Sunday, 7 July 2013 Pat Symonds (GBR) Renault Executive Director of Engineering.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 3, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai, China, Thursday, 16 April 2009 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault on the grid with Pat Symonds (GBR) Renault Executive Director of Engineering (Left).
Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Race, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 1 October 2006

Williams have announced the appointment of Pat Symonds as their new chief technical officer.

Symonds, who has won multiple world championships in a 30-year Formula One career, joins the Grove-based team after parting company with Marussia, where he had been working as a technical consultant since the spring of 2011.

Symonds arrival coincides with the departure of Mike Coughlan who had served as Williams’ technical director since 2011.

Speaking about Symonds’ appointment, Williams’ 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.”

Williams Group CEO Mike O’Driscoll added: “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.”

Symonds said he had “thoroughly enjoyed” his two and a half year relationship with Marussia, but that he was excited at the prospect of working for Williams: “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 (Williams, deputy team principal) have put in place the foundations for success and I’m immensely excited to begin this new challenge.”

Marussia team principal John Booth paid tribute to Symonds’ contribution to the Banbury-based squad: “We have some very talented design and engineering groups in place who have achieved great things over the past few seasons and who are excited about maintaining our current positive trajectory, boosted of course by our new powertrain partnership with Scuderia Ferrari.

“We would like to thank Pat for the contribution he has made to the development of that structure.”

Symonds started his career at Toleman in the early 1980s, before working briefly on the aborted Reynard F1 project. He subsequently rejoined his former team (renamed as Benetton) where he became Michael Schumacher’s race engineer for his first two world titles.

Symonds enjoyed further success with the team when they morphed into Renault, winning further constructors’ and drivers’ titles as the Enstone squad’s executive director of engineering. Since 2009, he has run his own high-technology and motorsports consultancy, in addition to his consultancy work with Marussia.

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