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In recent years in Formula 1 starting grid is used, where in the same row are two machines, one of which is a little more different. But things can change in a few years.Pat Symonds, in the past technical Director of the Renault and Williams "In recent years, we use the grid with a stepped configuration. Of course, the race become boring due to the fact that in front of everyone is the fastest car.Before it was different. In a boardroom in London there are pictures of the old Monza, where in the first row are four cars. Maybe it should do so nowWe have virtual tools for validation of such ideas. I think we should change the starting grid and to simulate the 20 races. I wonder what will happen not at the end of a 300-kilometer race, and after the first three rounds".
Former technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that he is really busy working on the new rules of Formula 1, which should enter into force in 2021.Pat Symonds "currently, the group consists of four people, but it will increase to 12. We meet regularly in London and try to make use of our experience for the following set of rules.This is a very interesting task. And great to work with Ross brown".Symonds and brown worked together at Benetton in the early 1990s, when there were Michael Schumacher.
Former technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that the new rules - it is a merit of the former head of Formula 1 Bernie Ecclestone.Pat Symonds "I think the acceleration of the cars will help to create a good show. But that wasn't the reason the rules have changed.Bernie Ecclestone was furious by the fact that 17-year-old Verstappen was able to immediately show the results in Formula 1. Bernie wanted to make it so that young pilots are unable to achieve success in these races. He wanted experience and ability outweighed the monetary capabilities of the relatives.
Former technical Director William Pat Symonds became a commentator for Sky Sports. Season in 2017 he will be giving technical explanations of what is happening on the track events.Symonds is one of the most respected and experienced technical leaders in the world of Formula 1. There is hardly a person with more experience than him. And who but he, better than others will explain how to work with the new cars in the new season.Pat Symonds has won titles with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, for ten years he worked in the best League teams.
Former technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that the new cars look just fine.Pat Symonds "I think the cars look great. I was afraid that the championship will go the way of retro, but this did not happen. The new machines look very stylish and modern. Yes, it is still possible to tweak something to improve the aesthetics of the new machines, well, we already removed the stepped noses and other stuff.From the point of view of racing, I think there will be shuffling of the peloton. This is a good chance many of the pilots to prove themselves.And now you can understand why Mercedes were against the rule changes. They are afraid of losing the crown".
Former technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that it is only in March to determine what he will do in the future.Pat Symonds "I'm still on vacation, and all of February will also rest. In March I will begin to implement their new plans.I don't want to join another team in Formula 1. I want to do completely different things".
The founder of the eponymous team Frank Williams has admitted that his team would not prevent such an outstanding technician, as Paddy Lowe.Frank Williams "We really need a good technical Director after the departure of Pat Symonds. We need someone who will implement the ambitions of the Williams winning races and Championships.For us a very attractive candidate Lowe, who is now free on the market. Paddy managed to bring the Mercedes to three titles in a row, and it means something.For us Paddy Lowe at the top of the list. He began his career on my team, and it would be nice to see lo in our ranks".
Williams confirmed that Pat Symonds will leave the post of technical Director of the team after December 31. It is expected that it will be replaced by Paddy Lowe.Claire Williams, Deputy team principal "Pat has played an important role in the development of the team over the past three years. When it passed the restructuring team, after which there were serious results.I want to thank him for the work done. When the time comes, we will tell you about changes in the technical leadership of the team".
As reported by Autosport, Pat Symonds left the Williams team, which in 2013 held the post of technical Director.At the direction of Symonds, the team from grove won third place in the constructors ' championship. However, this year Williams has dropped to fifth place, losing even Force India.The departure of Symonds associated with the transfer of Mercedes Paddy Lowe.
The Williams team is not ready to let go of Valtteri Bottas in a Mercedes, even for substantial compensation. Technical team Director told the reason for the decision.Pat Symonds in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport "Many people underestimate the importance of continuity in the team. Despite the development of technology, the pilot remains the connecting link between the engineers and the car.In the following year enters into force the new regulations, and we will have lance Stroll, who has no experience. That is why it is important to keep Bottas. His loss will have a negative impact on the development of the team.
Next season in the Williams to debut 18-year-old lance Stroll. Technical Director of the team Pat Symonds has admitted that he is ready to frequent accidents in the canadian rookie.Pat Symonds "it is Natural that it will often be wrong, and we have to regularly repair his car. This is normal, it's part of the learning process".According to available information, the family of Strollo spent about 85 million to the lance won a seat in Williams.Pat Symonds "it is Impossible to say that he just bought a place. He earned this spot with their performances in Formula 3. He is able to break from the back row, knows how to pilot the car on a wet track, he's very good".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that his team is still busy analyzing the reasons of a descent of Valtteri Bottas in the race Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, but now there are some assumptions.Pat Symonds "We have examined the dent on the car, Bottas, and it is very strange. Her character suggests that she received was because of the bumps. The track in Abu Dhabi is really quite bumpy, but our suspension needs to cope with such loads. Valtteri claims that have not traveled outside of the track and don't attack the curbs. So we are still looking for the cause of the dents".Meanwhile, the pilot of McLaren's Jenson button came down because of breakage of the suspension, caused by the aggressive kerbs attack.
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds is confident that the season-2017 the difference between engines from different manufacturers will be minimal.Pat Symonds "I am confident in the fact that in early 2017 the difference between the engines will be either small, or very minimal. The difference would be minimal, but the new regulations increase the gaps due to new technologies that will implement the command. Rules can dramatically change the balance of power, and their task is to equalize the chances of all the stables. Over time, the chances of leveled progress".
The German edition Auto Motor und Sport decided the cost of the debut 18-year-old lance Stroll in Formula 1 to his father, canadian billionaire Lawrence Stroll.First, the contract itself Strolla the younger Williams has cost a total of 35 million. The agreement is for one year only.Second, during the season lance conducted tests on nine tracks of Formula 1 behind the wheel of a Williams 2014. For this purpose was created a special test team of twenty engineers Williams and five engineers of Mercedes. For this purpose were prepared two power plant of Mercedes, and Pirelli tire has provided tires of three types, adapted for machine 2014. According to technical Director Williams Pat Symonds, the latest newcomer to Formula 1, that has as many miles on the tests, was Jacques Villeneuve. It was in 1995.Thirdly, the money Strollo Sr. built a new state of the art simulator, which was worked exclusively Stroll Jr. The pilots Williams, Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were preparing to race using the old simulator.In total, according to Auto Motor und Sport, the debut of lance Stroll cost his father 80 million.
In Japan, the pilots Williams finished in 9th and 10th positions. Technical Director Pat Symonds believes his team loses all because of the lack of the current program of modernization of the chassis.Pat Symonds "In past years we were much faster in Japan and on the other tracks due to the excellent program of modernization of the chassis. Now it is practically and there was not during the year. This year many teams almost never modified their chassis.We lost to Force India because they did a better job with their updates. Our development of a new front wing didn't work. All this led to the fact that the team lost their speed, which could boast of in the previous two years".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds praised Red Bull for the design of the car for the season 2017.Pat Symonds "This is a very nice car. Remember that when we began to discuss the appearance of the cars for the season 2017, I was so worried about leaving in the classical period of the championship. Only a classic can be achieved raising popularity of sports.However, when Red Bull introduced the design of the car, we were amazed. They did a great job, which resulted in a completely unique rapid appearance of the car. As a rule, the appearance of the car to the wind tunnel looks disgusting, but in this case, even such a small test model was amazingly beautiful".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that in Italy in the first place will be the team with the best power plants.Pat Symonds "Monza is a unique track unlike any other. Before, when we had less restrictions, the team was built for this racing special chassis or at least a unique aerodynamic package, used only on this route.In Monza is incredible top speed. There are a lot of direct, and everything turns slow, which reduces the load on the tires. Teams will try go the distance with one pit stop. Well, win those who has a powerful engine."Monza is traditionally a well performing team with engines of Mercedes. The last two years on the podium were representatives of Williams.
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that the team must maintain the current composition of the pilots for the season 2017.Pat Symonds "For our team, and to any other, in the transition to the new regulations, it is important to keep the pilots unchanged. For we are the pilots, well versed in the art, and I hope that at least one of them will remain with us. Personally, I would love to keep both, although some in the team think we work too long with the same composition.I have experience in Formula 1, and I have seen many trains. We are now working with Massa and Bottas, who got along fine with each other and show the result. I haven't had such a great two pilots over forty years of career".
The Williams team is strong on highways, but on tracks like the Hungaroring it is much inferior to rivals. To solve this problem, engineers from grove has prepared a new aerodynamics, in particular, the new bottom.Pat Symonds, technical Director of Williams "In Hungary we will bring a new bottom. It was planned at the beginning of the year.However, the main emphasis will be placed on the tire. This is very important given that at the Hungaroring brand new cover".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds believes that there is no chance of any one team to pull ahead in the next season.Pat Symonds "the Main feature of cars of Formula 1 aerodynamics. It is to this aspect we all focus when designing the chassis. Previously, we could work endlessly in the wind tunnels, and were such as Toyota, who used two wind tunnels, but the work went around the clock the whole yearThe season of 2014, the number of sessions in the pipe was reduced to 80, and now the figure is only 65. For the allotted time you need a lot to get done, and can not be mistaken. This is all done in order to equalize the strength of teams in the League. Therefore, no one will benefit in the following year.
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that his team is working on the car for the season-from June 2017.Pat Symonds "We're developing a new project, the only question is how many people are involved in it. There are people who are still working on the current version of the chassis. We are preparing a major update for Hungary and Monza. But the main part of specialists already working on the next version of the chassis. We transferred the majority of workers on a new project since the beginning of June".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds confirmed that his team turned the work on modernization of the current version of the chassis.Pat Symonds "We already understood how to work with the aerodynamics, we are prepared modernize, after which to do anything will not be. We started working on the chassis for the season-2017. All work with the current version of the chassis will be focused only for the next year. All that will help us in 2017, will develop - it's the mechanics and suspension.Until the end of summer the current chassis will receive updates, then the development will be completed in full. The whole team is already working on next season, although the philosophy of the car, its design and some components will remain the same".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds said that his team admires the achievements of the debutant Haas.Pat Symonds "I think this team has made great progress. It's amazing how much has achieved a new team in our League. I admire the approach in the work of Haas, especially because it is all completely legal.Yes, such work moves into the background the importance of designers, but still, for the championship and the fight is great.
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds admitted that he does not believe in increasing the number of overtaking in the next year.Pat Symonds "I am more than sure that in 2017, overtaking will become maybe even less than now. For the remaining time we don't get anything to change the rules so radically, radically change the championship. But the future lies before us with a clean sheet. Each team can make a contribution to change this future.Hasty decisions will not make the race more interesting, and we really need to regain the location of the viewer".
During the first practice on the machine Felipe Massa, twice exploded the left rear tire. In Williams found the cause of the problem.Pat Symonds, Williams technical Director "wheels have been damaged because of the peculiar layout of the air ducts system of cooling of the brakes. We found and fixed the cause".
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds believes that teams should not intervene in the work of the FIA, affecting the adoption of the rules.Pat Symonds "I think it's better to ask the Formula 1 as a whole, not the team. All our problems on the fact that some stables have a huge impact on the FIA.For example, if a weak football team to ask what to do in the new rules And if they are not very agile goalkeeper, they will say that they need as more as possible narrow gate. And in Formula 1 everyone who can, pulls the blanket over himself".
Deputy head Williams Claire Williams is confident her team will return to the rank of leaders of the championship.Claire Williams "I really want this to happen soon. I just recently had a conversation with Pat Symonds on the topic of the return of the team to fight for the title.We understand that Formula 1 is a highly competitive environment without a good budget simply can't cope. We are fighting against these giants Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull and McLaren. It's hard to beat them, given that their financial capacity is through the roof.Every day we are mindful that the struggle for the third place, we need an additional 50 million pounds sterling. Every year everything is more expensive, but I believe that very soon we will be able to fight for victory."The last time the pilot Williams became the champion in 1997. The last time the team fought for the title in 2003. And the last victory was obtained at the Grand Prix of Spain 2012.
In Williams are going to present a shortened nose cone, new front wing and modified the baffle. According to technical Director of the team Pat Symonds, is a major upgrade of the car for the last two years.The new Williams will be ready in a single copy and will get to Felipe Massa as he was ahead of Valtteri Bottas in SE Australia.Force India had the updates will be less important the command will change the suspension and front brake ducts.The new products are intended to reduce the impact of turbulence in the region of the front wheels on the airflow around the car. More significant updates Force India prepares for the GP of Spain.
Technical Director Williams Pat Symonds believes that Toro Rosso is faster than his team, although during the winter tests it was not visible.Pat Symonds "During the winter tests it was unclear how fast the team Toro Rosso. We were sure that this team slower than us, but it turned out that our projections were wrong. We are surprised by the possibilities of this stables, she's very quick.If to speak about alignment of forces in the peloton, the first is Toro Rosso, and then we, and our Force India. But it was only one race, and we hope for more in the near future".