Williams have today confirmed the departure of Technical Director Mike Coughlan, who leaves with immediate effect after joining the team in 2011. In his place, Pat Symonds steps in as Chief Technical Officer having left his role as a consultant to the Marussia squad. Symonds was unable to take a fully active role with a team due to a lingering FIA ban but that runs out on the 19th August, when he will become part of the F1 paddock again.
The press release from Williams brushes over any technical wrongdoings that Symonds may have done, instead praising him for his championship success in the past with Benetton and Renault. The team are hoping for a shakeup after a disappointing season so far in 2013. Symonds himself says: “Williams is a team steeped in success and engineering excellence and I’m honoured to be asked to play a role in returning the team to its rightful place at the pinnacle of Formula One.”
Team Principal Frank Williams adds: “I’m delighted that Pat is joining the team. His technical capabilities and sporting successes speak for themselves.” Indeed they do, Sir Frank, indeed they do.
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