Patrick Head is no longer involved with the Williams F1 team after confirming he is to stand down from the board of directors with immediate effect.
In a move that had been expected for some time, the team revealed the news on New Years Eve, with Head stepping away from F1 in order to focus on his role as a board director of Williams Hybrid Power Limited.
Head's decision to step back from any operational duties come after being involved with the team for more than 30 years, having helped to form Williams Grand Prix Engineering alongside Sir Frank Williams in the late 1970s.
“Patrick and I have been in partnership for 34 years,” Williams said. “During that time, he has been the leader of the technical team that has won the majority of our race wins and championships. This is a remarkable legacy and one which will be treasured and definitely not forgotten.
“Patrick is a very straightforward, hard working and truly gifted engineer who comfortably operates at a world class level. I will miss him very much, as I am sure his colleagues will, and he will always be welcome at Grove. Indeed, Patrick will still be seen around the factory as he continues to be involved in the development of our hybrid power activities.”
Despite the team suffering one of its worst seasons ever in 2011, Williams remains one of the most successful teams in F1 history, with more than 100 victories, seven drivers championships and nine constructors titles.