Pat Symonds will be joining Sky Sports F1 for the 2017 season it has been revealed this morning by the broadcaster.
The experienced engineer and technical director having worked at Williams, Manor, Renault and Benetton, will be joining the existing team at Sky to provide analysis and commentary through the season, alongside Martin Brundle and David Croft.
In recent years, the only true expect on the technical side of the sport was Gary Anderson who provided technical analysis on the BBC, although was dropped in the move to Channel 4. Symonds, who as his time as the technical chief at Williams provided interviews for Sky, has a way of making often complicated regulations sound simple, ideal for television.
Sky Sports Head of F1, Martin Turner said: “Pat will make a brilliant addition to our team, bringing a wealth of experience to Sky Sports F1. His knowledge, expertise and passion will add another dimension to our analysis and enhance the viewing experience for fans as they seek to understand the new cars and regulations. In this era of Formula 1 there is no-one better to explain it.”
Pat Symonds commented: “I have always been impressed with the quality and innovation of Sky’s F1 coverage. It feels like a really exciting time to join the team ahead of such an unpredictable season and with all races being shown in UHD, it will be even more visually dramatic at every turn.”
Rumours have also linked him to a role alongside Ross Brawn, who is looking for experienced engineers to define regulations and shape the future of the sport.