2 July 2019
Pat Fry leaving McLaren
Pat Fry, who led the design team of this year’s McLaren MCL34, is to leave the team with immediate effect.
But it seems there is no controversy about the move as Fry was brought in last year to take the role after Matt Morris left and James Key was not able to join because of gardening leave that had to be served after deciding to leave Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Fry may end up going elsewhere because a number of teams could use an engineer of his calibre, but for the moment it looks like he is going back into semi-retirement, which is why McLaren was able to get him as a stop-gap last year.
The new car will thus largely be the work of James Key.