Symonds calls it a day on F1 involvement

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Pat Symonds has ruled out a return to Formula 1 following his departure late last year from Williams, but the 63-year-old engineer is eager to remain involved in motor sport.

Symonds , who enjoyed a successful period in Formula 1 with Benetton and Renault, was appointed chief technical officer at Williams in July 2013 but decided to leave the Grove-based outfit when his contract expired at the end of 2016.

"I've spent January looking around at what possibilities there might be," he told

"I'm on holiday in February and during that time I'll decide on some of the things I might do, and then in March I'll start doing them.

While no longer interested in Formula 1, the British engineer is keeping his options open for a full-time involvement in a different realm of motor racing.

"It's not really my intention to join another F1 team – I want to do different things now. What I'm surprised about is how much work there is out there. I'm quite open-minded about what I'll do.

"I'm certainly not retired, and now I am away from the relentless intensity of F1 team work it will be nice to reflect and use my experience in a positive way for the sport."

The impending arrival at Williams of former Mercedes tech boss Paddy Lowe, may have also had a bearing in Symonds decision to move on to other pastures.

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