Pat Symonds

Despite the reduced ban imposed on his being able to hold an operational role in Formula 1 until the start of the 2013 season, Pat Symonds – the ‘number 2’ man in the scandalous ‘Crashgate’ affair – could return to F1 immediately in a consultancy capacity.

The FIA has reduced the bans imposed on both Symonds and former Renault Team Principal Flavio Briatore, confirming that both will “abstain from having any operational role" until 2013.

But Symonds, seemingly out of money and desperate for employment, has clarified in a statement that his company, Neutrino Dynamics, could be contracted in a consultancy role within F1 at any time.

"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," the statement reads.

Which teams do you think would want to clamour for his services, or will the scandal seemingly taint his reputation forever? Look at how Mike Coughlan and Nigel Stepney (the respective McLaren and Ferrari key figures) have failed to gain reemployment after the espionage scandal of 2007…

[Original image via Guardian]

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.