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Published: 18:39 | 26/1/16

Fry joins Manor Racing

Major boost for F1 team

Ex-McLaren and Ferrari engineering chief Pat Fry has joined Manor Racing for the 2016 F1 season.

The news will come as a major boost to the fledgling racing team who struggled to compete last season but should be much more competitive this time out after agreeing a deal to use Mercedes engines in its cars.

"Manor Racing is pleased to announce that Pat Fry has joined the team to provide engineering consultancy as it gets its 2016 challenge under way," a team statement said.

"During that time, the team will benefit from Pat's considerable experience in various race engineering and technical leadership roles - with Benetton, McLaren and Scuderia Ferrari - to help develop its engineering capabilities."

Dave Ryan, Manor's new racing director, added: "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 was at McLaren for 17 years before moving to Ferrari in 2010 where he stayed for four years.

The 51-year-old Englishman joins Nikolas Tombazis, also formerly of Ferrari, who was unveiled as Manor's chief aerodynamicist last week.

Manor is yet to announce its driver line-up for the coming season.

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