Symonds flat out at factory, explains Booth
11 December 2011 – Despite being unable to actively assist Virgin Racing in the Formula 1 paddock, Pat Symonds is currently working ‘flat out’ on the team’s new design at its Banbury factory.
With the former Renault technical head serving a ban for his involvement in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix race-fixing scandal, he has not been allowed to aid the squad at races, instead opting to fully exploit his office role ahead of the upcoming season.
"It's great to just pop in and see Pat (at the factory)," Team Principal John Booth told Reuters. "Instead of sending an e-mail and waiting for a reply I can walk around the corner and have a five minute conversation and get information that would take 20 e-mails.
"We can't call him Technical Director at the moment so he is a Technical Advisor. But he's working seven days a week there, he's absolutely flat out. Having Pat there has enabled us to attract the right design team. Pat has been building a design team that none of us could have put together, that's for sure."
The Virgin outfit will be renamed Marussia F1 from the 2012 campaign onwards, with Symonds' ban set to be lifted by governing body the FIA at the end of the year.