SPIELBERG, AUSTRIA - JUNE 19: Pat Symonds of Williams looks on during a press conference after practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria at Red Bull Ring on June 19, 2015 in Spielberg, Austria. (Photo by Charles Coates/Getty Images)

The Williams Formula One outfit has announced that their Chief Technical Officer, Pat Symonds, will be stepping down from his current role at the end of 2016.

Symonds has been a part of the Williams outfit for three years now and his contract has come to a natural end.

During his time with the Grove based squad, Pat has helped to oversee a strong turn around in the team’s performances on the race track, with 14 podiums secured over the past three seasons.

“Pat has been a tremendous asset to this team over the past three years,” Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, said in a statement. “Pat’s appointment was the start of a major restructuring exercise, and he has been pivotal in reshaping Williams into what is a much stronger racing team today.”

“I would like to thank him for all of his hard work and commitment during that time. We now look to the future and will be announcing details regarding the team’s technical leadership in due course.”

Pat will be departing on 31st December.