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Symonds looking to 2014 with Williams

ESPN Staff
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Pat Symonds started work with Williams this week © Sutton Images

New Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds says his main focus will be on 2014 as he starts work with the team.

Symonds has joined Williams from Marussia and started work in his new role this week. While he says he is hoping to make an immediate impact with the team, Symonds admits the scale of the changes in 2014 mean he needs to make sure he has a large impact on next season's car.

"There are developments going on for the remainder of this season," Symonds said. "We have new parts coming to races as far out as Korea and beyond. They are not things I've had influence on but I can see them in the development programme. I hope we can look at some smaller details from the wind tunnel to improve things over the coming races and I'll be looking at the operational side too.

"Fundamentality focus has to be much more towards 2014 as it's an immensely difficult programme, the most difficult we have had to tackle for a long while. The FW36 is well underway and I think it's important I get my influence onto that. However, my influence will be much more on process rather than detail, so I hope that pays off and leads to the sort of structure that can lead to on-going success for the team."

Symonds also said he would spend some time analysing how the team works before making any changes.

"My primary aim is to bring success back to the team and I will be very singular in my focus to achieve that. I want the people who are working with me to enjoy that success and be an integral part of bringing Williams back to where I think it should be. It will take time to analyse what is happening and improve things but it's up to me to facilitate this process."