Sky Sports has added leading technical officer Pat Symonds to its Formula 1 commentary line-up ahead of the 2017 season.
One of the most highly respected and experienced technical bosses in the sport, Symonds will explain to Sky Sports viewers how this year’s new cars will make races faster and more exciting than ever before.
He takes up his new TV role fresh from three years at the helm of the technical department at Williams, where he was chief technical officer, while prior to that he won four world drivers’ titles with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, and three constructors’ titles.
Symonds will provide expert analysis on what is set to be an unpredictable season, including commentary on a selection of races throughout the year, starting with the opening race of the season, the Australian Grand Prix, which will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports on March 26.
He will join Sky Sports F1’s team of experts, which now boasts a multi world championship winning technical officer and a world champion driver in Damon Hill.
Symonds will also work alongside Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, Simon Lazenby, David Croft, Natalie Pinkham, Ted Kravitz, Rachel Brookes, Paul Di Resta and Anthony Davidson, who complete Sky’s unchanged talent line-up for the 2017 season.
Commenting on his new TV role with Sky Sports, Symonds said: “I have always been impressed with the quality and innovation of Sky’s F1 coverage.
“It feels like a really exciting time to join the team ahead of such an unpredictable season and with all races being shown in UHD, it will be even more visually dramatic at every turn.”
Sky Sports Head of F1, Martin Turner added: “Pat will make a brilliant addition to our team, bringing a wealth of experience to Sky Sports F1.
“His knowledge, expertise and passion will add another dimension to our analysis and enhance the viewing experience for fans as they seek to understand the new cars and regulations. In this era of Formula 1 there is no-one better to explain it.”
Sky Sports F1 will show all 20 races of the 2017 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with 10 races exclusively live, including the opening two from Australia and China, and two of the final three races, while free-to-air continues on Channel 4.