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Pat Symonds joins Sky Sports F1 as analyst and commentator

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Former Williams chief technical officer Pat Symonds has joined Sky Sports F1 as an analyst and commentator for the 2017 Formula One season.

Symonds left Williams after a three-year spell at the end of last year, amid speculation that ex-Mercedes executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe is set to return to the Grove-based team. Symonds has worked in F1 in technical roles for four decades, during which he has overseen four drivers' world titles with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, as well as three constructors' championships.

Sky says Symonds will provide commentary on a selection of races throughout the year, starting with the season-opening Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne on March 26.

"Pat will make a brilliant addition to our team, bringing a wealth of experience to Sky Sports F1," the company's head of F1, Martin Turner said. "His knowledge, expertise and passion will add another dimension to our analysis and enhance the viewing experience for fans as they seek to understand the new cars and regulations. In this era of Formula 1 there is no-one better to explain it."

Symonds added: "I have always been impressed with the quality and innovation of Sky's F1 coverage. It feels like a really exciting time to join the team ahead of such an unpredictable season and with all races being shown in UHD, it will be even more visually dramatic at every turn."