Symonds: My focus is on 2014 development
21 August 2013 – Williams’ new Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds has explained that he will primarily be working towards the 2014 campaign, the Englishman overseeing structural changes within the squad in order to create a solid base for the future.
Symonds left his consultancy role at Marussia last month, with team boss John Booth giving a glowing report of the operational changes he had enacted during his tenure.
Taking on his new role at a time when the nine-time Constructors’ Champions have just a solitary point to their name after a poor start to the 2013 campaign, many expected the Grove-based team to divert most of its resource to next season in order to try to exploit the potential of the planned major rule changes. Symonds has now confirmed this, stating that despite on-going upgrades to the FW35 chassis, his own focus is on organising the effective development of the squad's 2014 challenger.
"There are developments going on for the remainder of this season. We have new parts coming to races as far out as Korea and beyond. They are not things I’ve had influence on but I can see them in the development programme," Symonds explained during a question and answer session. "I hope we can look at some smaller details from the wind tunnel to improve things over the coming races and I’ll be looking at the operational side too.
"Fundamentally focus has to be much more towards 2014 as it’s an immensely difficult programme, the most difficult we have had to tackle for a long while. The FW36 is well underway and I think it’s important I get my influence onto that. However, my influence will be much more on process rather than detail, so I hope that pays off and leads to the sort of structure that can lead to on-going success for the team."