Williams' newly appointed chief technical officer Pat Fry is determined to recreate his past success in F1, having contributed to 66 race victories and one world championship triumph at McLaren between 1993 and 2010.
Now, with Fry on board, the future looks even more promising for the Oxfordshire-based team, as he aims to leverage his expertise to bring home victories, which would mark a return to glory not seen since Juan Pablo Montoya's victory in the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix.
“I went back there [to Alpine] with the idea of going back to the team where I started many years ago and to try and rebuild that and try and bring them forward again,” Fry told the official F1 website.
“The first three years were great, everyone at Enstone should be proud of what we managed to achieve. We were a distant fifth; year on year we designed and developed a better car and we were a solid fourth at the end.
“I want to do more, I want to end up building another winning team. Winning is everything. We weren’t really committed enough [at Alpine] to take it beyond fourth place.
"We might have said we could do it, but we never had the buy-in from the management to push it the extra bit, so in March I decided I had taken it as far as I can and I’ll look for something else. James [Vowles] had been pestering me for a while and this is a fantastic opportunity.”
Welcome, Pat! 👋
Our new Chief Technical Officer, Pat Fry, has joined us in Brazil following his first week with the team! 🤝 pic.twitter.com/w3qrn0rXB9
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