Those outside of Formula One circles may not recognize the name Patrick Head, but rest assured just the same that his departure from the Williams team marks the end of an era.

Head co-founded the team together with Frank Williams in 1977 and was instrumental in all of the outfit's many victories. Until 2004, he served as the team's technical chief, remaining on board ever since as engineering director. But now, even that role has come to an end as the team's board of directors has announced Head's immediate resignation.

The move comes as part of a comprehensive restructuring of the team's management, getting rid of the old in order to make way for the new in an effort to find the success the team enjoyed at its height. Head will continue his involvement with Williams Hybrid Power Limited, but after 34 years in the sport, will no longer be involved in the team's racing activities.
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Patrick Head Steps Down from WGPH Board of Directors

Williams Grand Prix Holdings PLC (Ticker: WGF1) today confirms that Director of Engineering Patrick Head will step down from its Board of Directors with immediate effect.

Patrick co-founded Williams F1 in 1977 with Frank Williams and over three decades has led the team's engineering department. In that time, Williams F1 has won 113 Grands Prix and secured nine Constructors' and seven Drivers' World Championships.

Patrick will continue in his role as a Board Director of Williams Hybrid Power Limited, a subsidiary of the company that develops and produces hybrid technologies.

The company wishes Patrick well in his future activities and remains indebted for his service to Williams F1 over the past 34 years.

Frank Williams commented, "Patrick and I have been in partnership for 34 years. During that time, he has been the leader of the technical team that has won the majority of our race wins and championships. This is a remarkable legacy and one which will be treasured and definitely not forgotten.

"Patrick is a very straightforward, hard working and truly gifted engineer who comfortably operates at a world class level. I will miss him very much, as I am sure his colleagues will, and he will always be welcome at Grove. Indeed, Patrick will still be seen around the factory as he continues to be involved in the development of our hybrid power activities."

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    • 1 Second Ago
      The Doctor
      • 3 Years Ago
      Sad, but not as sad as Williams' decline over the past 15 years...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Doctor
        Yea, even force India went from back marker to regularly in top 10 finishes
          Rob Cook
          • 3 Years Ago
          Which goes to show what money does in F1. Now that they lost AT&T as their main sponsor, ooh beat AB by a week ;), there going to be even more strapped. The business with selling shares in the team also didn't seem to work. Here's to hoping, I still wear my Williams hat every race, but sadly I think they'll just keep moving backwards.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @The Doctor
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does he look like Lenny McLean in that picture?! And for those of you who don't know who Lenny McLean is, he played Barry "The Baptist" in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, haha!
      Jason Drescher
      • 3 Years Ago
      Very sad to hear the news of his departure.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Resignation of Patrick's Head.... what about the rest of him? *rim-shot!