F1 Tech boss downplays Red Bull's 2026 regulations concern

Crashgate cheat Symonds joins Andretti Cadillac

F1 Tech boss downplays Red Bull's 2026 regulations concern

Reuters reports that Formula 1’s chief technical officer Pat Symonds is joining the Andretti Cadillac outfit as they push for a place on the grid in 2026.

Liberty Media-owned Formula 1 has rejected the bid to become an 11th team, doubting it would be competitive or add value, despite the governing FIA approving the application last October.

The United States House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has since launched an investigation into possible ‘anticompetitive conduct”.

Andretti said in a statement that Symonds, who has decades of F1 experience, was joining as executive engineering consultant at their Silverstone base on completion of his ‘gardening leave’. No date was given.

“Pat’s keen understanding of aerodynamics, vehicle dynamics and Formula 1 power units will be instrumental as we continue to build a competitive team,” said Michael Andretti.

“I believe his expertise has been pivotal in shaping the narrative of Formula 1 and his vote of confidence in joining our effort speaks volumes. I’m really happy with this next step as our work continues at pace.”

We must never forget Crashgate in an age when F1 attracts massive betting money

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The stance of this website regarding the appalling Crashgate Scandal at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix is very simple:

[Excluding murder, abuse and the like, every person deserves a second third or fourth chance to redeem themselves. However, the crimes committed cannot be erased and some crimes such as Crashgate are unforgivable.

[Pat Symonds and Flavio Briatore plus all involved disgraced this sport, they ordered an F1 driver to crash to manipulate the win for Fernando Alonso. It was obscene and a scar on our sport and only came to light by a disgruntled Piquet whistleblower. 

[And now Felipe Massa wants ‘his’ 2008 F1 World Championship title. In other words, it is a scandal that will continue to haunt F1 forever. And one of the culpable ‘elephants in our room’ is hired by one of the most ambitious F1 projects ever.

If Flavio was hired by Andretti, we would headline this piece: Crashgate cheat Briatore joins Andretti Cadillac, or Crahgate cheat Piquet hired by Andretti or whatever team. It’s a cross I am afraid they have to carry.

[At the same time we wish Symonds all the best as he is a racing man, a World Champion of F1 who has worked with greats of our sport. We want him to succeed and use his experience to make Andretti a contender.

But Pat Symonds will always be synonymous with cheating whether he be working for Andretti, with F1 or FIA or the United Nations. And we like all F1 teams will always watch him like hawks. Always.]

Symonds was banned from Formula 1 in 2009

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F1 veteran Symonds worked with Ayrton Senna early in the Brazilian great’s career, then Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso in a period that involved four drivers’ championships and three constructors’ titles.

He was also involved in one of the sport’s biggest scandals, the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix ‘crashgate’ incident after Renault’s Brazilian Nelson Piquet crashed deliberately to help winning team mate Alonso, who was not implicated.

Symonds was banned from Formula 1 in 2009 but returned as Williams technical head in 2013 after a stint as technical consultant to now-defunct Marussia.

“Pat will bring expertise across technical areas and team operations in his role as Executive Engineering Consultant that will help us develop the team,” said Andretti’s technical director Nick Chester, who worked with Symonds at Renault. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)

Big Question: Should Pat Symonds be allowed to work for F1 race teams ever again, or should some sporting cheats and their sins be unforgivable?