Ferrari’s former director of engineering Pat Fry is to work with Manor as the team builds up for a stronger challenge in F1 in 2016. Fry is an F1 veteran with experience dating back to 1987, when he was first hired by Benetton to develop active suspension systems. Prior to that he was employed in the missile industry with Thorn EMI. He had several different roles with Benetton, including race engineer to Martin Brundle in 1992. He then followed his former colleague Giorgio Ascanelli to McLaren, initially working on active suspensions but then as race engineer with Mika Häkkinen and later David Coulthard. He was then promoted to Chief Engineer of Race Development and later switched to leading the design teams of the MP4-20, MP4-22 and MP4-24 chassis. In 2010 he moved to Ferrari as assistant technical director and then head of race track engineering as well. He was then made director of chassis, reporting directly to Stefano Domenicali. The shifting sands of politics in Maranello meant that by 2013 Lotus technical director James Allison had been hired and Fry then became director of engineering before leaving at the end of the 2014. He has spent the last year on gardening leave.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Pat on board to help us hit the ground running with our exciting new technical package,” said Dave Ryan, Racing Director of Manor. “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.”