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!
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):