Pat Symonds, executive director of engineering at Renault, was at the British Motor Show yesterday and I managed to get a brief five minute one-to-one chat with him.
He shared his thoughts on Fernando Alonso’s return to the team, Nelson Piquet Jnr’s drive to a surprise second at Hockenheim last weekend, and the team’s technical developments for the rest of the season and next year incuding, of course, KERS.
Pat was at the British Motor Show to be interviewed on the launch of Renault’s new Megane R26 R, a performance version of their family car. This first audio clip is him being interviewed on stage about Renault’s performance in Germany last weekend and the unveiling of the car:
Pat Symonds from Renault at the 2008 British Motor Show – public interview
Apologies for the poor sound quality
After that I was able to approach Pat for a quick one-to-one interview. I had zero time for preparation, so I apologise if I didn’t put to him a burning question you wanted an answer to!
Pat Symonds from Renault at the 2008 British Motor Show – F1 Fanatic interview
And before anyone else says, yes, I sound terrible – I have a stinking cold at the moment!
Here’s a picture of the Renault Megane R26 R, taken with the same phone I recorded the interview on (Nokia N95):
12 comments on “Pat Symonds: exclusive interview”
23rd July 2008, 7:17
a stinking vold?, LOL.
I hope you shake off the vold before the next F1 exhibition mate.
once im at work i’ll check it out.
23rd July 2008, 7:19
Anyone fancy doing a transcript? :)
*shakes fist at mobile browsing*
Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine)
23rd July 2008, 8:55
Sush – LOL, stupid typo.
Noel – I’ll put a transcript up later, no prob.
23rd July 2008, 9:13
Keith, what do you think, can Renault take the 4th place?
23rd July 2008, 10:32
so Alonso is basically a happy chap :-)
23rd July 2008, 12:05
The R26 R broke the FWD Production Car lap record for the Nurburgring (8m 17s) – I like it :D
23rd July 2008, 13:54
Nice one Keith. Can I grab your e-mail or can you drop me an e-mail on the e-mail listed?
23rd July 2008, 15:24
That’s a helluva spoiler at the back end :-D
23rd July 2008, 16:17
I thought the interview was great, zero-preparation or otherwise.
23rd July 2008, 22:14
Is the R26 R a faster car than the Ford Focus RS ?
23rd July 2008, 22:57
Good interview Keith. Nicely done, Start hassling the bish for a job.
24th July 2008, 3:05
Renault seems to be in no rush to start naming their hot hatches after the R27 and R28…
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