Formerly disgraced F1 engineer Pat Symonds is angling for a full-time return to the  sport. Pat Symonds

With just two more years left to run on his ‘operational role’ ban from the sport following his involvement in the ‘Crashgate’ scandal at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix, Symonds paid an on-stage guest visit at the AUTOSPORT International Motor Show and spruiked his skills to any prospective F1 employers.

Symonds can actually bypass the ban by engaging in consultancy work as the director of his own company, Neutrino Dynamics (which he apparently did last year), and he has also been busy writing for F1 Racing magazine.

“There are still lots of things I want to do,” he said during his on-stage interview. “I still have a love of F1 because of the engineering. I absolutely have a passion for racing – you cannot keep me away.”

The questions is whether any team principal would be prepared to take such a punt on a man whose reputation was destroyed with one particularly foolhardy decision…

[Original image via LAT]

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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.