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).
“I am not going to directly be a part of the Williams Formula 1 programme next year,” Head explained to Reuters. “I certainly didn't have an ambition to stop my involvement in Formula 1 with a season like this last one we've had but, when I have a look at what specifically I can do to assist, I came to the conclusion that it isn't really enough to justify me carrying on doing the same thing.
“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.”