By Andrew Hooper
December 21 2016
With Technical Chief Pat Symonds confirmed as leaving the Williams team and with continued reports that Paddy Lowe will be leaving Mercedes to join Williams, as well as the uncertainty as to whether or not Valtteri Bottas will leave the team to be replaced by Felipe Massa, it is certainly turning out to be Williams' own silly season. This is not the best of situations as the team prepares for the 2017 F1 season, a season that will see some of the biggest changes in Formula One in recent times.
|Williams team silly season|
In what is becoming a time of major change at the Williams team as they prepare for the 2017 Formula One season it was confirmed that Chief Technical Officer Pat Symonds would be leaving the team at the end of 2016.
Below is the release from the Williams team:
Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today announces that Pat Symonds will be
stepping down from the role of Chief Technical Officer of WILLIAMS MARTINI
RACING at the end of 2016.
Now reports have
Felipe Massa reversing his decision to leave Formula One and that he has
accepted an offer to remain with the Williams team in 2017. This would open
the door for Valtteri to leave the team because Felipe's return would allow
the team to have that experienced driver which the Williams team have always
said was vital going into the 2017 season. It has also been reported that if
Valtteri does not leave the Williams team Felipe would simply continue with
his exit from Formula One.