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The main architect Symonds calls F1 to postpone rule changes to 2018

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Williams’ chief technical director Pat Symonds

Williams’ chief technical director Pat Symonds calls F1 to postpone rule changes to 2018

Williams’ chief technical director Pat Symonds has called for Formula 1’s proposed 2017 rule changes to be postponed until the following year.

The significance is that Pat Symonds is one of the main architects of the new package, and as such has been at the heart of the discussions since the F1 Strategy Group asked for faster and more spectacular cars. The governing body FIA announced in early on 2015 that new policy would be introduced in 2017 F1 season.

Given the stiff timeframe to find a clear course of action, Symonds feels it would wiser to reschedule the sport’s next major technical overhaul to 2018.

“Will we produce a good car? I don’t know,” Symonds said on Saturday at the Autosport International show.

“I think we’ve still got work to do on it. I do feel a little bit rushed, a little bit pressured.

“I think that personally we’re trying to move a little bit too quickly without establishing the basic principles to work from.

“I’d be much happier if things moved on to 2018 rather than ’17 for new rules, and we spent a year really researching what’s needed. But that’s probably a cry in the wilderness.”

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