The Manor Formula One team are yet to name either of their drivers for the 2016 season, but they've been busy behind the scenes building up a formidable backroom staff.
Ex-McLaren sporting director Dave Ryan joined the team toward the end of November last year, and he was joined in January by former Ferrari designer Nicholas Tombazis. Soon after, the team welcomed an even bigger name—F1 veteran Pat Fry.
In a career spanning almost 30 years, Fry worked at Benetton before moving to McLaren in the early 1990s. There, he acted as race engineer for both Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard, before a promotion saw him work briefly in a tactical role.
Fry was promoted further up the ranks soon after to become chief engineer of race development. Per James Allen, he oversaw the design of a number of quick cars, including the 2007 MP4-22, in which Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso narrowly missed out on the title.
In 2010, after 17 years with McLaren, he moved to rivals Ferrari to become assistant technical director, and over the following years, he held a number of senior positions within the Italian team.
His final role with the Scuderia was director of engineering, but he was axed at the end of 2014 after the team's dismal year. Whether he deserved the chop or was simply a convenient scapegoat is open for debate; Tombazis, sacked by Ferrari at the same time, later told Corriere della Sera (h/t Grandprix247) that he felt blame was unfairly apportioned.
As is typical when a senior figure leaves a team, Fry spent the last year on "gardening leave"—paid by Ferrari to not work for anyone else. But this has now come to an end, and Manor have pulled off quite a coup by bringing him on board as their new engineering consultant.
He won't be a magic bullet for their problems, and the team will almost certainly remain near the back. But Fry's presence will have a number of small benefits to Manor in a number of areas, and even a tiny boost could be the difference between scoring occasional points and missing out entirely.
Here are four things the 51-year-old will bring to Manor next season.