Williams Martini Racing confirmed on Tuesday that their chief technical officer Pat Symonds will leave the team at the end of the year.

Symonds, who joined the Grove based outfit in 2013, following a spell as a technical consultant with Manor Racing.

Williams best championship finish came in 2015 under Symonds’ technical leadership.

The 2016 season was a tough year for the team finishing the year in 5th place in the championship.

Speaking about Symonds’ departure, Williams deputy team principal Claire Williams commented by saying:

Pat has been a tremendous asset to this team over the past three years. 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. I would like to thank him for all of his hard work and commitment during that time. We now look to the future and will be announcing details regarding the team’s technical leadership in due course.

It is expected that Mercedes Executive Director (technical) Paddy Lowe will join Williams to replace Symonds.

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