Head: My F1 departure is best for Williams
28 November 2011 – The Brazilian Grand Prix marked the last for Patrick Head in an active role with the Williams Formula 1 team. Head, who was instrumental in establishing Williams Grand Prix Engineering with Frank Williams in 1977, has since won nine Constructors’ Championship titles but now feels the time is right to take a step back.
Moving away from the F1 arm, 65-year-old Head will now focus on Williams Hybrid Power, a subsidiary company which develops and supplies flywheel-based Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS).
“It's not interesting for me and it's not good for the company, so I decided to have a change of focus, that's all. I certainly think those three people (Technical Director Mike Coughlan, Chief Operations Officer Mark Gillan and Head of Aerodynamics Jason Somerville) are good and I'm quite certain they will lift the capability of the company upwards. But we've fallen into quite a poor level, so there’s quite a long way to go. It's not going to happen over a one-year cycle.”