Having worked in Formula 1 for more than 30 years, Williams's chief technical officer knows a thing or two about the game. Every month in F1 Racing, Pat Symonds brings his wisdom to our monthly 'Inside Tech' column, but we thought it was time he answered some of your technical questions directly.
It's our policy not to show our interviewees their questions ahead of time, but we made an exception in Pat's case - not for censorship, but rather because he was keen to research any for which he did not already have a thorough answer on the tip of his tongue. Indeed, as you will see, quite a bit of work with a calculator was needed at one point, and Pat thanked our readers for testing the limits of his knowledge.
We retreat to the middle deck of the Williams motorhome, but when we're only halfway through the questions, Pat has to leave for another engagement. "Don't worry, stay put," he reassures us. "I'm enjoying these so much I'll come back and answer them all."