Pat Fry rejoins McLaren technical team

McLaren have bolstered their technical team by bringing in former technical chief Pat Fry, as the team seek to improve the performance of their cars.

Having undergone a a restructure over the course of the season, McLaren have brought back Pat Fry, who worked for the team from 1993-2010.

The announcement comes just a couple of weeks after they confirmed the signing of Toro Rosso’s technical chief James Key.

However, with Key’s start date yet to be confirmed, McLaren have sought to bring in somebody who can help guide the preparations for the 2019 car.

Following his first stint at McLaren, Fry was technical director at Ferrari from 2010-2014, and more recently had an advisory role with the Manor F1 team before they left the sport at the start of 2017.

Since their switch to Renault power units this year, McLaren have been the third-best Renault-powered team, behind Red Bull Racing and the works Renault team.

Their inability to progress higher up the grid has resulted in some staff changes and prompted Fernando Alonso to not stay in the sport in 2019.

Earlier in the year, McLaren parted ways with team principal Eric Boullier, technical chief Tim Goss and engineering chief Matt Morris in an aggressive staff restructuring at the team.

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