Pat Symonds, the Chief Technical Officer at Williams Racing is to leave at the end of the year.
Rumours had circulated earlier this season that 63 year-old Symonds could retire from the sport, after a career spanning 30 years within Formula One. The well respected engineering boss has had a varied career at a number of teams included Benetton, Renault and Virgin, before returning to the paddock at Williams three years ago.
The ‘crashgate’ saga in 2009 saw him banned from the sport for five years, a ruling which was later overturned. A ‘soft’ entry back into the paddock as a consultant with Virgin Racing gave him the platform to join Williams as part of their ongoing restructuring.
A statement by Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said; “Pat has been a tremendous asset to this team over the past three years. Pat’s appointment was the start of a major restructuring exercise, and he has been pivotal in reshaping Williams into what is a much stronger racing team today.
“I would like to thank him for all of his hard work and commitment during that time. We now look to the future and will be announcing details regarding the team’s technical leadership in due course.”
Momentum has been building over the last few weeks that Paddy Lowe will be joining the team from Mercedes in a direct replacement.