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Pat Fry
Born March 17, 1964 (1964-03-17) (age 45)
Shepperton, Surrey, UK
Nationality British
Title Chief Engineer, McLaren.

Pat Fry (born March 17, 1964) is a Chief Engineer of the McLaren Formula One team.

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Career

Pat Fry was born in Shepperton, Surrey, UK. After attempting several engineering courses, he became an apprentice at Thorn EMI in 1981. While at Thorn EMI, he completed a day-release course in electronics at the City of London Polytechnic. He moved onto Thorn's missile programmes, before deciding to leave the company in 1987 to pursue a career in motorsport.

Fry had an interest in building suspension systems for motorbikes in his spare time and joined the Benetton Formula One team's research and development department at Witney who at the time were working on active suspension systems.[1] He moved to the test team, and then to the teams Godalming research and development department. He returned to the test team in 1991, before being made Martin Brundle's race engineer in 1992.

In 1993, former Benetton colleague Giorgio Ascanelli persuaded Fry to join him at McLaren. His initial position was to work on active suspension systems, and run the McLaren test team, but active suspension systems were banned by the sports governing body before the start of the 1994 season and so Fry moved to an engineering position in the race team.[2] After a season as Mika Häkkinen's race engineer in 1995, he returned to the McLaren test team in 1996 despite rumours linking him with a move to Ferrari.[3] He renewed his contract with McLaren in 1997 to became David Coulthard's race engineer, a role he held for four years. He moved to a tactical coordinating role in 2001, overseeing both the team's race cars.[4][5] In 2002 he was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of Race Development, and was responsible for the MP4-20 and MP4-22 chassis. As of 2008, he is working on the MP4-24, McLaren's planned entry for the 2009 Formula One season.[6]

Personal life

On April 20, 2002, Fry married Kate Habershon, a food editor and stylist who had worked in motorsport catering.[7]

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