Having left his previous job at Marussia, Pat Symonds started work as chief technical officer of Williams earlier this week, and the former Benetton/Renault man now faces the difficult task of helping to turn the team around as Formula One heads into the new turbo era – one that will see a new partnership forged with Mercedes. Here’s an insightful Q&A with Symonds issued by the team on Aug. 21.
Q: You have recently been appointed chief technical officer of the Williams F1 Team. What does this new challenge entail?
“Firstly, I think it’s a great team. The facilities are top class, we have a huge number of talented people and yet the results on the track are not a reflection of the quality we have. So I think my challenge is to analyze why this is happening, make the changes that are needed to empower the people and really get the focus in one direction: performance.”