Patrick Head, Williams, Interlagos, 2011

Patrick Head steps down at Williams F1 team

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

In the round-up: Patrick Head will step down from his F1 role at Williams next year.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Williams co-founder Head ends F1 role (Reuters)

“I am not going to be directly part of the Williams Formula 1 programme next year.”

Jenson Button via Twitter

“Patrick Head who believed in me as a teenager and gave me a chance in F1 with Williams has decided to call it a day. Thanks for everything mate.”

Will Buston via Twitter

“Just wait for the official end of season F1 DVD. An incredible, never before seen, bit of footage of [Helmut] Marko tearing Jaime [Alguersuari] apart. Just amazing.”

According to Will this was after Alguersuari held Sebastian Vettel up during practice in Korea.

Mark Webber’s F1 win drives 4.8m viewers to the BBC (The Guardian)

Mark Webber’s first win of the season in Brazil had 4.8 million viewers between 3pm and 6.10pm, a 27.2% share of the audience, with a five-minute peak of 6.1 million.”

Formula One takes a step backwards with new TV rights deal between BBC and Sky (Daily Telegraph)

“Its authority will doubtless suffer as a result, as will the popularity of the sport. Those that want it can subscribe to Sky, but the apathetic middle will grow ever more disaffected.”

McLaren gaining confidence for 2012 (Autosport)

Martin Whitmarsh: “I think we had a shocking winter, probably one of the worst winters we have had. We were nowhere near competitive and had not done a race distance before we finished the Australian Grand Prix. That is not how you should start a season. I think we have taken some decisions based on what happened, and hopefully taken some learning from that.”

Jim Rathmann: an appreciation (MotorSport)

“Jim Rathmann won the 1960 Indianapolis 500 after a fierce, race-long duel with Rodger Ward and finished second in the great race three times in 1952, ??57 and ??59.”

Susan Combs U-turns on advancing state money for Formula One race (PolitiFact)

“[Texas State Comptroller Susan] Combs may have been justified in her recent statement that no state money would go to the race in advance. Still, it?s a reversal of her earlier promise.”

Bernie Ecclestone on Austin Q&A: “They never had the money…” (Adam Cooper)

??I was disappointed insofar as [race promoter Tavo Hellmund] had what he thought were partners that could finance the business and wouldn?t let him down. Really, they let him down and they?re trying to steal from him, get him out of it, and do the whole thing themselves.??

Hamilton hints he will extend ‘love affair’ with McLaren (Daily Mirror)

“I don’t think there’s any question of my commitment to the team, so there’s no real rush to have to do anything. I’ll just focus on the year.”

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Comment of the day

Damonsmedley says Red Bull should have been less concerned about the possibility of Vettel’s gearbox failing:

The only thing I wished for is that Sebastian ignored the team. It would have been fantastic to see a battle for the lead and really, Seb had nothing to lose if his car did fail like Lewis? did.

I was disappointed that he did what he was told, but I?m not blaming him. I just don?t understand why Red Bull didn?t let him race when it would make no difference to them if he finished or not, really.

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On this day in F1

Michael Schumacher prepared for his F1 comeback by winning Felipe Massa’s end-of-season kart tournament in Brazil.

Massa, who was getting ready to return from injury, won the second leg of the event but Schumacher claimed overall victory:

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  1. Happy birthday @Prisoner-Monkeys Hope you’re enjoying it!

    A shame to see Head go. On the one hand, it would have been nice to see them have some consistency into next year. On the other hand though, after their worst ever season it’s probably a good time to start from scratch with someone else.

    A shame he left at the end of such a bad season for them. It should be great to see him around the paddock, enjoying himself.

  2. Its a sad sight seeing this team dissolve the way it has in recent years. The prospect of Kimi Raikkonen driving for Williams brought alot of attention on a team that has not won a grands prix since 2004. All of that has come to nought. This is the team, afterall, that won four drivers championships in the 1990s with four different drivers. The team that attracted star names like Mansell, Prost, Senna, Hill, and more to drive for the famous Grove based outfit. This is a team that prided themselves on their very British values when it concerned racing. A team that has gone through the highs of championship wins, and the nadir of Senna’s death and manslaughter trial. They have always been a team here for the longhaul, unlike the much vaunted Toyota and Honda for example. However, for the first time in their
    history, their thirty six year history, they appear vunerable.
    Losing Sam Michael earlier in the year to McLaren of all people, must have stung. Michael was always a very visable and highly thought of member of the team. Losing Patrick Head is even worse. In all honesty, the only person higher up the food chain than Patrick at the team was Frank Williams. Thats how big a loss this is for a team that appears to be crumbling.
    The writing was on the wall though. So many drivers have come and gone in recent years. Montoya, Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Nick Heidfeld, to name just a few. Most on that list have gone on the bigger and better teams in F1 and beyond F1. A year ago Williams made the decision to take on Pastor Maldonado and dropping Nico Hulkenberg. Maldonado brought to the team much needed Hugo Chavez sponsored millions to a team desperate for any cash they could muster. And out the door Hulkenberg went, despite showing promise in 2010 and attaining pole position in that years Brazilian grands prix. No mean feat, given that no driver since Montoya had achieved that in a Williams.
    You would have to be nothing short of Maldonado’s blood relative to come out and say that he has outdriven Hulkenberg in 2011. Pastor’s biggest achievement for me were is on track scuffles with Lewis Hamilton at Monaco and Spa. The latter was nothing more than bloody stupidity on the part of both Pastor and Lewis, a moment more akin to bangor racing than F1.
    The one plus for them has been Rubens Barrichello. The ever reliable and devoted Rubens, who in my opinion, has been the glue that has kept this team together in 2011.
    Its not a pretty picture. I was hoping that Williams could turn their fortunes around but I have my doubts now. Teams like Force India and Toro Rosso, teams Williams should be atleast fighting with and possibly beating, have overtaken them now. A once mighty outfit, a team that every driver wanted to drive for in the early 1990s, has become the new Minardi. Tragic!

    1. It is tragic. However, the real test of a teams (or a person, for that matter) is how they cope under immense pressure which Williams will be no doubt facing right now.

  3. It’s “Buxton”, not “Buston” Keith.

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