Pat Symonds became a consultant for Andretti Cadillac

Pat Symonds became a consultant for Andretti Cadillac

Pat Symonds has left his position as technical director of Formula 1 and will join Andretti Cadillac, where he was given the position of ‘executive engineering consultant’, the press service of the American project reports.

However, it is still unknown when exactly the 70-year-old Formula 1 veteran will take over his duties in a new place, as he will first go on sabbatical.

Andretti’s application to create an 11th World Championship team was approved by the FIA, but rejected at management level in Formula 1, which happened last January, but Michael Andretti and his partners at General Motors are not giving up. We recently talked about the American company’s determination to succeed in a new round of negotiations with Formula 1, and the preliminary clarification of the parties’ positions has already begun.

Such an authoritative specialist can certainly be of great use to Andretti Cadillac, and if Liberty Media refused to comment on the transfer of Pat Symonds to the Michael Andretti project, then his head does not hide his joy.

“We are thrilled to have Pat join the Andretti family,” said Andretti Global CEO. “His in-depth knowledge of the laws of aerodynamics, car dynamics on the track and his knowledge of the characteristics of the power plants used in Formula 1 will play an important role in the process of creating a competitive team, which we keep doing.

The fact that he believed in our project and joined us speaks volumes.”

Symonds has been technical director of Formula 1 since 2017 and, together with Ross Brawn, former sporting director of the championship, was responsible for developing the technical regulations that came into force in 2022. Recently, Britain’s most experienced engineer worked with the FIA ​​​​and was involved in drafting the next technical regulations, which Formula 1 will switch to in 2026. The first version of this document is expected to be made public at the end of June.

Pat Symonds’ Formula 1 career began in 1981 with the Toleman team, which later became Benetton and then Renault. It was under Symonds that Michael Schumacher won his first two titles while still playing for the Enstone team, and in 2005 and 2006 Fernando Alonso became world champion.

But it was also under Symonds that Renault F1 found itself at the center of a scandal over its manipulation of the results of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, after which he and team leader Flavio Briatore were excommunicated from Formula 1 for five years.

But already in January 2010, these FIA ​​sanctions were lifted following the Paris court ruling, and Symonds and Briatore reached agreements with the federation, allowing the British specialist to return to Formula 1, first as an advisor to the Marussia. team, and in 2013 to take up the position of Williams technical director.

And now, after a seven-year collaboration with Formula 1, Pat Symonds is waiting for a new appointment. He will be based at the new Andretti Global base in Silverstone.

Source: F1 News

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