Pat Fry joins Manor Racing as engineering consultant

Manor Racing have confirmed that former Scuderia Ferrari engineering director Pat Fry has joined the team as engineering consultant.

After the announcement of Nikolas Tombazis, former Ferrari chief designer, earlier this month as their chief aerodynamicist, Fry becomes the second former Ferrari engineer to join Manor for the 2016 season.

Fry has a wealth of Formula 1 experience with holding engineering positions with Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari since 1987 but has been out of regular work since a reshuffle in management at Ferrari where he left the company at the end of the 2014 season.

Since a disagreement between Manor’s founders John Booth and Graeme Lowdown with owner Stephen Fitzpatrick, which led the pair to resign, there has been major changes to the team’s management since the end of last year.

Former McLaren sporting director, Dave Ryan was appointed as the team’s racing director last year, Fry’s former McLaren colleague.

“We are extremely fortunate to have Pat on board to help us hit the ground running with our exciting new technical package,” said Manor racing director Dave Ryan.

“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.”