In an interview with Mobil 1 The Grid, filmed at the Autosport International Show in the UK earlier this year. Pat Symonds, Chief Technical Officer for the Williams F1 Team previews the 2016 season and gives insights into what we can expect from 2017 and beyond
Commenting on the minor technical changes in regulations for 2016, beyond the increased cockpit protection, Symonds remarks the season could lead to interesting results with teams having more opportunity to refine design rather than revolutionise. Increased freedom in tyre specification available over a race weekend should have a positive impact on racing.
Symonds is keen to compliment the Williams driver line up and the benefits of driver stability can bring to a team.
When discussing the proposed technical regulations changes for 2017 Symonds highlighted no clear consensus around the regulations has been found, but the expectation is a move to wider machines with greater levels of downforce and mechanical grip. Formula One in the eyes of Pat Symonds should be at the forefront of technology and innovation. The Williams F1 team, as the lead independent team in recent seasons is supportive of such a direction.