The Manor F1 Team have announced that former McLaren Sporting Director Dave Ryan has joined the team as their Racing Director, and will be overseeing the race team operations with immediate effect.
Ryan brings thirty-four years experience of Formula 1 to the Banbury-based team, and has recently been a part of the Von Ryan Racing sports car team that has become a front-running team in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
“I’m very excited to be joining the Manor Marussia F1 Team at a pivotal time in their development,” said Ryan. “Having spent time with Stephen [Fitzpatrick], and understood his vision for the future, it is clear he has ensured there is a strong platform from which the team can make big steps forward in the seasons ahead.
“Manor has all the hallmarks of a fiercely competitive racing team, but having grown up in a much more contemporary Formula 1 era, it is a very lean operation with a collaborative culture, which leaves it well placed to contend with the sport’s future direction.
“There is clearly a big challenge ahead and a lot of work to do, but I can’t wait to meet the wider team and get down to business.”
Team Owner Stephen Fitzpatrick welcomed the appointment of Ryan to the team, and believes he will assist in making the team a far more competitive team in 2016 when it begins its partnerships with Mercedes and Williams.
“I’m delighted to announce Dave’s appointment in the newly created position of Racing Director,” said Fitzpatrick. “He needs no introduction, of course, having spent 34 years within the sport contributing to an incredible tally of race and championship wins.
“Along with our new Mercedes Benz power unit, technical partnership with Williams and recent additions to the design and technical team, Dave’s arrival is another important step towards our goal of creating a truly competitive racing team.”
Fitzpatrick also confirmed the departure at the end of the season for Manor stalwarts John Booth and Graeme Lowdon, and he thanked them for what they have done for the team.
“I am also able to confirm that John Booth and Graeme Lowdon will be leaving the team at the end of the current season,” commented Fitzpatrick.
“I have the utmost respect for them as individuals and for all they have achieved, both with this team and in their long careers in Motorsport, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication during this season in particular.
“Like every great story, there comes a time to start a new chapter.”