It was announced this morning that former Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry has joined Manor ahead of the 2016 season.
Fry will provide engineering consultancy to the Manor team in order “to help develop its engineering capabilities” ahead of the start of the new season. The team has undergone major changes since the end of last year after its founders John Booth and Graeme Lowdon resigned following disagreements with owner Stephen Fitzpatrick.
Fry joins his former McLaren colleague Dave Ryan, who was appointed as the team’s new racing director last year. In an interview with the media today, Ryan speaks very highly of Fry and believes that he will be a welcome addition to the team. Ryan stated the following:-
‘We are extremely fortunate to have Pat on board to help us hit the ground running with our exciting new technical package. The aim is to bring performance to the car with effect from the Barcelona tests, then translate that to the race track in Melbourne, to ensure we make the strongest possible start to 2016 and have a good basis for development in the early part of the season.’
Fry becomes the second ex-Ferrari engineer to join Manor this year after Nikolas Tombazis was announced as its chief aerodynamicist earlier this month.