Symonds to leave Williams at end of year
20 December 2016 – Williams has announced that Pat Symonds will be stepping down from the position of Chief Technical Officer on December 31, marking the end of a three-year spell onboard the team.
Symonds joined Williams towards the end of the 2013 season on a three-year contract, and helped the team secure back-to-back third places in the 2014 and 2015 championship standings.
Claire Williams described Symonds, 63, as "a tremendous asset" during his stay.
"Pat's appointment was the start of a major restructuring exercise, and he has been pivotal in reshaping Williams into what is a much stronger racing team today," said the Deputy Team Principal.
"I would like to thank him for all of his hard work and commitment during that time."
Williams, amid talk that Paddy Lowe is set to join the team from Mercedes, added: "We now look to the future and will be announcing details regarding the team's technical leadership in due course."
Symonds spent the best part of his Formula 1 career with Renault, steadily working his way up the technical ranks, and overseeing double title wins with Fernando Alonso in 2005 and 2006.
He departed Renault and was initially banned from the sport for his involvement in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix crashgate scandal, but this was quashed and he returned to the paddock.