Pat Symonds handed in his resignation from his position as F1’s chief technical officer solely to retract it after Stefano Domenicali requested him to remain on.
Symonds was anticipated to comply with Ross Brawn out of the Formulation 1 door on the finish of December, information of the 2 Briton’s exit having damaged a yr prior.
Nevertheless, regardless of tendering his resignation Symonds will proceed in his position this season because of F1 chief Domenicali intervening.
“I had a plan to retire final summer season,” Symonds mentioned through the current Autosport Worldwide present.
“I truly handed in my yr’s discover. You need to take into consideration these items.
“My discover was accepted, after which Stefano obtained to listen to about it, and he was like, no, I don’t suppose it’s a good suggestion!
“So I’m nonetheless right here, nonetheless doing it, and I nonetheless will probably be for whereas but.”
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The previous Benetton and Williams man performed an integral position in setting out the rules for F1’s transfer to floor impact aerodynamic automobiles, the brand new automobiles in play final season.
The brand new guidelines have been extensively praised with the automobiles capable of comply with extra intently which result in higher racing, particularly within the midfield.
“We put collectively a extremely gifted group, very small group, and we actually went again to fundamentals,” Symonds mentioned.
“We had the 2 goals. One was to make the wake behind the automotive extra benign, as a result of you’ll be able to’t do away with it, it’s going to be there.
“Secondly, accepting that there was a wake and attempting to supply a automotive that was working in that wake to be much less affected than up to now.
“Typically talking, I feel we obtained it proper. We’ve seen a couple of completely different options, the automobiles appeared completely different, the drivers have been very complimentary. The statistics, for need of a greater phrase, confirmed the automobiles have been working nearer collectively.
“So yeah, I feel it’s been an inexpensive success.”
Quite a lot of applause however is it justified?
Formulation 1’s powers-that-think and those-that-race, particularly those-that-won-the-championship-double, have applauded the brand new rules.
They’ve primarily based that on two issues – automobiles that may comply with extra simply and extra overtakes than within the earlier season when the game nonetheless used over-car air-flow to create downforce.
However on the finish of the day solely three groups gained races, 4 did so in 2021, and solely 4 reached the rostrum. That quantity was a powerful eight in 2021.
The hole between the top-three groups and the chasing pack was for sure larger than it was the earlier yr, and people behind the sector have been additional away from the rear of the midfield.
Whereas there was superior racing at occasions between the three packs, the brand new rules did nothing to carry the chasers nearer to the entrance.
It’s hoped that in time the brand new rules will result in that however the final time the foundations modified, 2014, it took eight years earlier than F1 noticed eight completely different groups attain the rostrum.