Pastor Maldonado drives the Williams F1 car. (Photo: Getty Images)

drives the Williams car. (Photo: Getty Images)

Having left his previous job at Marussia, 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 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 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.”

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