Patrick Head Williams co-founder Patrick Head will exit stage left from the team during the 2011 season, the team’s chairman Adam Parr has announced.

The 64-year-old relinquished his role as Technical Director in 2004, handing over the mantle to Sam Michael, who yesterday was announced as having resigned from his position at the end of this year.

Under Michael’s watch, the team has endured six winless seasons, the loss of BMW as an engine partner and the departure of several blue-chip sponsors, and while not all of this stems directly from Michael’s involvement, those are the facts.

What has also become clear is that Head has gradually begun to step back from his current role as Engineering Director and a senior shareholder in the team.

Much of his shareholding was sold as part of the team’s partial float on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, and Parr announced in a teleconference – where the departure of Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson were confirmed along with the arrival of Mike Coughlan as chief engineer – on Tuesday that Head has “made it clear he will be retiring at some point this year”.

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