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Pat Symonds joining Williams as Technical Officer

Mike Coughlan is stepping down from the Grove based team, which has not been able to earn a single point in a dismal season so far.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013

July 16th, 2013 (F1plus).- It was bound to happen a some point. Heads started to roll at Williams, and the first casualty of the awful season the team is having has a name, Mike Coughlan, who is stepping down as Technical Director.

Interestingly and basically at the same time, the team announced the hiring of now former Marussia Consultant, Pat Symonds as its new Chief Technical Officer, a title that sounds bigger than the one held by Coughlan.

It is not a secret the dismal season the Grove based is having to the point of not being able to collect a single point in nine races.

It is not about bad luck, timing, etc…the FW35 lack old-fashioned speed. For some the too heavy revisions they did over last’s year’s car, instead of just doing an evolution has cost the team big deal.

Coughlan bold approach (something F1 needs at times) looked promising in winter testing, but unfortunately it did not work once the season started.

"The team thanks him for the significant contribution he has made since 2011 and wishes him well in his future endeavors," said Williams, referring to the former McLaren designer Coughlan.

Marussia announced on Tuesday that Symonds is leaving the team "with immediate effect", and said it will disclose its "own plans for the continued development of its growing technical operation in due course".

The Briton has 30-year career in the sport, in which he worked with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso at Benetton and Renault during those championship years.

However, he also remembered as a key piece in the ugly 'crashgate' scandal when he was Renault Chief during the 2008 season.

Symonds will start work as the Grove team's chief technical officer on 19 August.

“Williams is a team steeped in success and engineering excellence and I’m honored to be asked to play a role in returning the team to its rightful place at the pinnacle of Formula One.

“Sir Frank, Mike and Claire have put in place the foundations for success and I’m immensely excited to begin this new challenge.” Pat Symonds said.

"I'm sure that his knowledge and leadership will contribute considerably to the success that all of us at Williams are working hard to achieve," said team boss Sir Frank Williams.

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