Symonds allowed to work as F1 consultant
April 13, 2010
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It has been revealed that Pat Symonds, who was banned from Formula 1 for 3 years after the crash-gate scandal, has been allowed to work in Formula 1 as a consultant only.
Yesterday, it was announced that the FIA, Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds had reached an agreement, that none of them would pursue charges against each other, as long as they took 3-year bans each. However, according to Symonds, he can now still work in Formula 1, as a consultant through his company, Neutrino Dynamics.
Today, he made an announcement, saying that he would continue to work in Formula 1 wherever possible:
"Under this agreement Pat Symonds acknowledges that it was his duty
to prevent such an event occurring and, in not doing so, he must
share in the responsibility attached to this incident.
As such, and with the best interests of the sport in mind, he has
agreed with the FIA that he will not take a direct operational
role in Formula 1 until the end of 2012 nor will he take any
similar role in any team involved in any other FIA series until
the end of 2011.
This agreement does not prevent him acting as a consultant to any
team during this period and he will continue to contribute to the
sport in this, and other, ways.
In the light of this agreement, both he and the FIA consider the
matter to be at an end."
I simply cannot believe that, after only one day, he would try to worm his way into F1. Even if it was possible for him to be a consultant for Formula 1 teams and get away with it, the FIA can’t just allow this to happen. He orchestrated a crash, which is unbelievibly dangerous, and a full 3-year ban is minimal for what he did.
Here’s the bigger problem. Symonds happens to be the nicer of the two. What is Briatore going to try?