While 2015 was a year of consolidation for a Manor Marussia squad who were rescued from the brink of collapse, 2016 promises to be a year where the focus can return to performance. As such, a raft of new personnel have been appointed to help propel the backmarkers up the grid. Today, Pat Fry was announced as the latest recruit, set to take up the role of technical consultant.
Yet another recruit with a wealth of experience at the sharp end of proceedings.
The overhaul of the Manor squad has not stopped at merely a name change this winter. Manor Racing, who will be powered by the class-leading Mercedes unit in 2016, have demonstrated their intent by hiring several high profile names.
First came Dave Ryan, formerly of McLaren and known as one of F1’s taskmasters – an individual who can galvanise and motivate – appointed as Racing Director. Last week, the team announced that ex-Ferrari designer Nicholas Tombazis would be entering the fray. Like Fry, Tombazis was one of a number of high profile Ferrari figures who were ejected from Maranello following the team’s lackluster 2014 campaign.
Merely a blot on their otherwise impressive copybooks.
“We are extremely fortunate to have Pat on board to help us hit the ground running with our exciting new technical package,” Ryan said in an interview featured on motorsport.com. “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.”
A headline-making winter for Manor Racing is not over just yet, with their two drivers yet to be confirmed. GP2 race winner Rio Haryanto has been strongly linked with a seat, reported to be delivering £15 million to the team courtesy of backing from the Indonesian government. Will Stevens, Roberto Merhi and Alexander Rossi are all also in the running following their appearances in 2015.