Manor Racing has announced it has added former Ferrari man Pay Fry to its team as an engineering consultant as the re-organised outfit's preparations for the 2016 Formula 1 season gather pace.
The 51 year-old has held prominent engineering positions with Benetton, McLaren and Ferrari since 1987, but has been out of regular work since he was eliminated from Ferrari as part of the team's restructuring towards the end of the 2014 season.
Ahead of 2016, Manor Racing has announced he will join as 'engineering consultant', albeit without giving more specific information about the role. He is the second ex-Ferrari to join Manor in recent weeks after Nikolas Tombazis was hired as chief aerodynamicist earlier this month, while former McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan was installed as racing director last year.
“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 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.
It is also the latest new face for a team that is undergoing a series of changes ahead of the 2016 season, not least the acquisition of Mercedes power and the exit of former team owner John Booth and sporting director Graeme Lowdon.
Crucially, however, with less than a month to go before pre-season testing – where the new MRT will be unveiled -, it is yet to announce any drivers.