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Patrick Head to step back from F1 in 2012 // Plans to step away from the racing and move to Williams Hybrid Power

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Patrick Head has been part of the makeup of Williams’ F1 team since the late 70s, but from the end of this year, he will take a step away from the racing campaign. Autosport reports that the decision comes after the restructure of the team - with Sam Michael departing for McLaren, and Mike Coughlan coming in as technical director.

Talking of his future plans, Head said: “I am going to be doing some work for Williams Hybrid Power, which may sound a bit dry and dull but it is actually quite high tech and quite interesting... I certainly did not have an ambition to end my involvement in F1 with the season I have just had behind us, but when I have a look at what specifically I can do to assist Mike Coughlan... I came to the conclusion that it isn’t enough for me to carry on justifying doing the same thing.”

Meanwhile, Rubens Barrichello is also facing a different future in 2012 with no race seat confirmed as yet. He has said he believes he will race next season, whether it is at Williams or elsewhere - he even has a new helmet design for the new year, drawn by his son!