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Symonds could take on consultancy role.

Former Renault director of engineering Pat Symonds could be involved in F1 before the end of his FIA-mandated ban.
Pat Symonds has revealed that, despite still being under suspension from Formula One following his alleged part in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix 'crash-gate' affair, he is still able to play a role should any team wish to take advantage of his abilities.

Originally banned from the sport for five years, Symonds - along with former Renault F1 team boss Flavio Briatore - had his punishment reduced by the FIA on Monday, but remains unable to take on 'any operational role' in the grand prix environment until at least 2013, having agreed to as much in a settlement with the governing body. That, however, does not prevent him from taking on a consultancy position, according to Symonds.

The 56-year old made his claim in a statement, revealing that his own Neutrino Dynamics concern was open to approaches from current or prospective F1 operations.

“This agreement [with the FIA] does not prevent him acting as a consultant to any team during this period, and he will continue to contribute to the sport in this, and other, ways,” Symonds' statement confirmed.

Briatore could also return to the paddock, possibly with a role promoting F1 alongside Bernie Ecclestone, but that would not be possible until 2013 at the earliest.



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