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Pat Symonds

Chief Technical Officer at Formula One

Pat Symonds’ 40+ year motorsport career has seen him achieve success with some of the sport’s most accomplished teams and drivers. Having started his career designing championship winning cars for the lower formulae he joined the fledgling Toleman F1 team working with Ayrton Senna however it was with Benetton and subsequently Renault that he achieved extraordinary success.

His partnerships with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso produced 32 race wins, four Drivers’ World Championships and three Constructors’ World Championships. During this time he became Technical Director of the Benetton Formula One Team and latterly the Renault Formula One Team. After some years running his engineering consultancy, Neutrino Dynamics, he accepted an offer to become CTO at the Williams F1 team, a position he held until the end of the 2016 season and during which the team achieved many notable successes including rising from ninth to third in the World Championship.

Pat is now Chief Technical Officer at F1 (Formula One Management) tasked with setting up a small technical group to assist the FIA in the formulation of future F1 regulations the culmination of which is seen in many of the 2021 F1 regulations. He is now turning his attention to the transition of F1 to a low carbon economy. Pat is also a visiting professor at Cranfield University, a chartered engineer and a Fellow of both the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Royal Aeronautical Society.

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