Pat Symonds will be allowed to work as a consultant for any Formula 1 team right away, the former Renault engineer has clarified, after reaching a settlement with the FIA over the race-fixing scandal.
The governing body said on Monday that both Symonds and Flavio Briatore would be allowed to work directly in grand prix after the end of 2012, after agreeing to put an end to their legal dispute. The duo had previously received a ban that was later overturned by a French court.
However, according to Symonds, the agreement reached with the FIA means that he can already start working for any Formula 1 team as a consultant through his Neutrino Dynamics company. On Tuesday, the former Renault chief of engineering issued a statement saying that he will continue to contribute to Formula 1 in his role whenever possible.
"Under this agreement Pat Symonds acknowledges that it was his duty to prevent such an event occurring and, in not doing so, he must share in the responsibility attached to this incident," read a statement released on his behalf. "As such, and with the best interests of the sport in mind, he has agreed with the FIA that he will not take a direct operational role in Formula 1 until the end of 2012 nor will he take any similar role in any team involved in any other FIA series until the end of 2011.
"This agreement does not prevent him acting as a consultant to any team during this period and he will continue to contribute to the sport in this, and other, ways. In the light of this agreement, both he and the FIA consider the matter to be at an end."