I think he's very good but no god. He had a great aero guy in those McLaren years and didn't at Ferrari. We'll soon find out if Pete was part of the problem, I don't think he was, or is part of the solution.McG wrote: ↑Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:08 pmWasn't the 2005 car designed by Adrian Newey?Mansell89 wrote: ↑Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:25 amSo we’ve got a combination of Pat Fry and Andrea Stella who lead the design of the 2019 car. This will be a fascinating process. Zak Brown says this is a reduction from 3 people to now just 2 being ultimately held accountable.
I think we're in a pretty good place now," Brown said, confirming the Fry appointment on Tuesday. "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."]
Just flicking through Pat Fry’s last McLaren stint, he led design on the 2005, 2007 and 2009 cars. Whilst not always nailing it out of the box, all cars unlocked significant performance so it will be intriguing to see what direction they go in with James Key set to give his input on the 2020 car.
I think the new aero regs for next year represent a good opportunity for Fry to set McLaren on a better path- we hope.