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Patrick Head quits his position as board member at Williams Grand Prix Engineering
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.



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justin - Unregistered

January 02, 2012 10:55 AM

Probably a few years too late. But at the same time a shame to see someone who has enjoyed so much success go out at a time past his use by date. Hopefully they sign sutil and have a better year this year. I think Williams and sutil are a good match and will relish the new challenge.

107SS2009

January 02, 2012 3:55 PM

Up to last season and as far as I know nobody in F1 used the Hybrid KERS “power” system and that includes Williams who do manufacture a flywheel type of KERS system, which to me means there was an advantage in using the battery type of KERS. Head’s retirement from Williams F1 have nothing to do with his “past his use by date” head is a brilliant engineer, one of the best gearbox specialists around in F1.



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