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Williams' leading technical officer, Pat Symonds, is joining Sky Sports' Formula 1 commentary team. Symonds is one of the most highly respected and experienced technical bosses in F1, so he should be able to shed some light on the technical side of things.

He has won four world drivers' titles with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, and three constructors' titles over four decades in the sport.

He won't be on-hand at every race, however, just a selection. His first? The Rolex Australian Grand Prix, which is live on Sky Sports over the last weekend of March.

Symonds will join former world championship driver Damon Hill, Martin Brundle, Johnny Herbert, Simon Lazenby, Natalie Pinkham, Ted Kravitz and more in Sky's F1 punditry team.

Martin Turner, Sky Sports head of F1, said in a statement: "Pat will make a brilliant addition to our team, bringing a wealth of experience to Sky Sports F1. His knowledge, expertise and passion will add another dimension to our analysis and enhance the viewing experience for fans as they seek to understand the new cars and regulations. In this era of Formula 1 there is no one better to explain it."

Symonds added: "I have always been impressed with the quality and innovation of Sky's F1 coverage. It feels like a really exciting time to join the team ahead of such an unpredictable season and with all races being shown in UHD, it will be even more visually dramatic at every turn."

Indeed, Sky has committed to broadcasting every F1 race in the 2017 season in 4K.

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