Pat Symonds, Method 1‘s Chief Technical Officer, revealed that – regardless of an early determination to retire – he’ll stay in his job for a very good whereas.
A report again in December 2021, revealed that each Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds could be out of their roles in Method 1 by the top of 2022, and whereas that turned out to be true for Brawn, who introduced he could be heading into retirement a choice he introduced as he wrote in his ultimate column for F1’s official web site in November of 2022.
Nevertheless, Pat Symonds, the one who performed an integral function inside the crew Brawn put collectively to develop the brand new F1 aero rules for 2022 gained’t be following his boss out of the game, one thing he introduced talking to Motorsport.com final Friday.
“I had a plan to retire final summer time,” Symonds revealed. “I truly handed in my 12 months’s discover. You need to take into consideration these items.
“My discover was accepted, after which Stefano [Domenicali, F1 CEO and president] received to listen to about it, and he was like, no, I don’t assume it’s a good suggestion!
“So I’m nonetheless right here, nonetheless doing it, and I nonetheless will likely be for a very good whereas but,” the previous Williams technical boss added.
New F1 rules an affordable success
The brand new aero rules F1 launched in 2022 – with floor impact automobiles making a return, and the introduction of low profile tyres on 18″ wheels – the place hailed an awesome success by many, and Symonds agrees, trying again on how the principles – aimed toward enhancing racing and automobiles following one another – turned a actuality.
“We put collectively a extremely gifted crew, very small crew, and we actually went again to fundamentals,” Symonds started.
“We had the 2 targets,” he went on. “One was to make the wake behind the automotive extra benign, as a result of you possibly can’t eliminate it, it’s going to be there. After which secondly, accepting that there was a wake and making an attempt to provide a automotive that was working in that wake to be much less affected than previously.
“Usually talking, I believe we received it proper,” the Briton claimed. “We’ve seen just a few completely different options, the automobiles regarded 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 believe it’s been an affordable success,” the person, who – Renault tech boss – was concerned within the within the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix Crashgate saga, maintained.