Cape Town - It has been a big week for McLaren when it comes to
announcements; first Lando Norris was confirmed for 2019 and now the team has
announced that Pat Fry is back.
Fry, who left McLaren eight years ago to head to Ferrari,
will return to the team's Woking headquarters as their new engineering
The Englishman, who last position in Formula 1 was with the
now defunct Manor team, is the latest piece in the puzzle as McLaren continue
to overhaul their technical department.
His sign comes in the wake of the departures of racing
director Eric Boullier, tech chief Tim Goss and engineering chief Matt Morris.
There is, however, still one piece missing as McLaren have
yet to get their hands on tech boss James Key despite him agreeing a move to
McLaren chief Zak Brown said of Fry's return: "I think
we're in a pretty good place now.
"We still need to kind of populate, i.e. James' start,
but Andrea Stella is leading all performance, setting the targets, and it's for
Pat as engineering director to execute, so it will ultimately be led by Andrea
with Pat, the development of next year's car.
"And then of course there's lots of people that feed
into that. Pete Prodromou from an aero, Mark Ingham and Neil Oatley from
design, Simon Roberts the COO ultimately responsible for bringing everything
together and Gil on the sporting side but at the end of the day it's Andrea and
Pat who are going to drive next year's car."