Head elects to miss races in favour of tests

Williams technical director Patrick Head says he plans to stay away from Grands Prix later in the year in order to concentrate more on testing

Head elects to miss races in favour of tests

Head currently attends all Grands Prix, but will relinquish his race duties at certain Grands Prix to chief operations engineer Sam Michael in order to attend more tests and spend more time at the team's factory.

The 55-year-old, who owns an estimated 15 percent share in the Grove-based team, was on hand to keep an eye on proceedings at Monza last week, where Juan Pablo Montoya completed three days of running.

"Now I go to every race and very few tests," Head told Autosport's sister title Motorsport News. "But starting later this year I'll go to a few more tests and less races, and spend more time in the factory.

"Being in charge at the track is a very broad job, but I'm confident that Sam Michael understands its complexities, be they technical problems, performance problems or people problems."

That Head is comfortable leaving Michael in charge is a testament to the Australian's abilities. Michael joined the team from Jordan last year.

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