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#1 dawg_7529

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:04

I just wanted to start a thread about a guy i rate very highly. Pat Symonds technical boss at Renault and former Benetton.

Always honest, never negative tones. Very open in technical terms. The back bone of the Renault team at least in public. Seen as the engine behind in organisational terms the best team in the paddock. The transcript of his press conference today was also nice.

What do you think?

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#2 Imperial

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:10

He's nice and his daughter's even nicer. :kiss:

#3 pingu666

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:11

nice chap :)

#4 VoidNT

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:14

Originally posted by Imperial
He's nice and his daughters even nicer. :kiss:


Who cares about Pat, I demand pictures of his daughter. ;)

#5 WOOT

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:25

Same here. The more naked the better!

#6 Paul Prost

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:27

One of the few people in F1 who still lives in reality.

#7 Gecko

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:35

Absolutely, Pat is one of the most genuine characters in the sport with a great passion for what he does. He is very successful but still seems down to earth and willing to actually talk about his car and team in detail. If more people in the business shared his attitude the sport would be that much more enjoyable.

#8 Blackdog

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:50

He seems like a genuine guy - more so than many in the pitlane.
More background would be good.

Only negative thing is that he smokes ciggies.

#9 dawg_7529

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 21:59

Stoddart used to light ehm on the pitwall ;)

But its nice to hear frank and open information from symonds. The way ferrari and mclaren shield just about every story about an improved nut is not bringing any excitement for me. i also think flav is a factor in the openness of his team. At every test day you see quotes from drivers and team whereas ferrari and mclaren suffice with a single, nothing saying line.

For me, the innovations and reports about it will always stay an important factor to keep following f1.

Shame we dont have the special qualify engines anymore.

#10 Suntrek

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 23:58

Pat Symonds is my hero. When he talks - I listen. He's always got somthing interesting to say and he says it in a straightforward manner. :kiss:

#11 Galko877

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 08:03

I respect him the most among all the Renault team members.

#12 MichaelPM

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 08:37

:up:

I would say long over due respect for him but I guess people already felt that way about him and only expressed it for the first time here.

#13 Tenmantaylor

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 09:04

Always gives the most honest, listenable and quite often funny interviews great guy :up:

Did this thread only get created as Renault have had their first decent friday practice since 2006?

#14 Foxy

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 14:15

like him I am very pleased to see young Piquet in the top 10 on the grid in Spain

#15 glorius&victorius

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 15:00

Originally posted by Imperial
He's nice and his daughter's even nicer. :kiss:


now you got me interested... if you dont produce pictures... :p
Pat is a great guy... we dont need to talk too long about him. Show us his daughter :p

#16 Imperial

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 16:57

Originally posted by glorius&victorius


now you got me interested... if you dont produce pictures... :p
Pat is a great guy... we dont need to talk too long about him. Show us his daughter :p


She used to work at Benetton (Formula Ltd). Very nice.

I don't think it's very respectful to be posting pictures of her as she isn't public property! ;)

#17 Perigee

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 17:04

I find him rather ghostly.

#18 Ghostrider

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Posted 26 April 2008 - 18:03

Pat seems to be very nice friendly and intelligent person. :up:

#19 Buttoneer

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 10:07

Originally posted by Gecko
Absolutely, Pat is one of the most genuine characters in the sport with a great passion for what he does. He is very successful but still seems down to earth and willing to actually talk about his car and team in detail. If more people in the business shared his attitude the sport would be that much more enjoyable.

x2.

He's one of very few 'like to invite him round for dinner at my place' guys in the paddock. Not up his own arse like Gascoyne or nerdy like Newey (though he would definitely be one of my other guests)

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#20 blackgerby

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 11:06

Seems like a very nice guy. Guy you could meet down at the pub and have a really interesting conversation with.

Would prefer it if he wasn't damaging his body with the carcinogen sticks. I'd like him to be around for a long time to come.

#21 as65p

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 11:18

He talks straight, does a good job, and he refuses to give up smoking.

How can you not like him?

;)

#22 RedBaron

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 11:36

Soon there'll be an answer other than Norbert Haug when asking who ate all the pies. I like him.

#23 Mat

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 02:50

Originally posted by as65p
He talks straight, does a good job, and he refuses to give up smoking.

How can you not like him?

;)


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#24 Chiara

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:55

He's a great bloke, and I always thought he'd be quite good as the FIA President actually - he has the background knowledge in the sport and knows all the teams and issues. But I don't think it's fair to wish that on a person :p

One thing I do like very much about him apart from his very honest interviews is how he will sometimes stick up for the teams drivers despite whatever Flav is saying! :lol:

#25 kamix

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:03

He is probably the most insightful character in the pitlane. :up:

Can't believe some people harp on about him smoking tobacco. Get over it. The vast majority of his generation was and still are smokers (for the record I'm a non-smoker).

#26 bradleyl

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:40

Pat gave up smoking over a year ago...

#27 pRy

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:42

I could listen to both him and ross brawn for hours.

#28 Hacklerf

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 10:48

Mucho Mucho respect for Pat hes a top top bloke :up:

#29 UPRC

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 15:40

After the first reply mentioning his daughter, I skimmed the entire post for links.

Pat Symonds is great though, always a fantastic voice of reason - even when everyone else is up in arms.

#30 lukywill

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Posted 29 April 2008 - 15:52

great input in 2006. :clap:

'we find ourselvesĀ“ at the limit of beating schumacher.

#31 chrisj

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Posted 02 May 2008 - 22:41

He does seem like a straight shooter, at least for F1. I'd like to see an interview with him about the 1994 season, with questions regarding Benetton/Schumacher cheating (or not).

#32 pottiella

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 01:47

Originally posted by pRy
I could listen to both him and ross brawn for hours.


Same 'ere. No much more needs to be said...

#33 tripleM

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Posted 19 May 2008 - 03:56

I would rather listen to Pay Symonds than Ross Brawn.
He isn't condescending as RB.
Anyhow, if you all listen to the Renault podcasts, you will hear how candid a TD such as PS can be in provide full insights into what a top F1 organization is doing.

A top notch fellow.