Is Pat Fry the next one out the Ferrari door?

Pat Fry

Pat Fry

Weeks after the reports first emerged, Ferrari has this week finally admitted that their former engine boss Luca Marmorini has left the Italian team, and this could be the precursor to other senior members heading out the door.

Ferrari made no mention of Pat Fry, the Briton who joined Ferrari from McLaren in a high-profile switch in 2010. Earlier this week, the fabled Italian team denied reports that Fry is also in danger of being axed.

But 1998 and 1999 world champion Mika Hakkinen, who worked closely with Fry during his successful McLaren career, has also heard the reports.

The Finn said he thought of Fry when Ferrari made a big strategy blunder in Hungaroring qualifying last Saturday that stranded Kimi Raikkonen down the grid.

“Such a thing should not happen with a team on the level of Ferrari,” Hakkinen said in his latest column for sponsor Hermes.

Luca Marmorini, Pat Fry, Stefano Domenicali and James Allison - two down how many still to go?

Luca Marmorini, Pat Fry, Stefano Domenicali and James Allison – two down how many still to go?

“I wondered a bit about such a serious error happening under Pat Fry, who I know very well,” he admitted. “The alarm bells should be ringing for everybody.”

Meanwhile Marmorini, like ousted team boss Stefano Domenicali, appears to have paid the price for Ferrari’s disappointing start to the new energy-boosted V6 turbo era.

Marmorini began working at Maranello decades ago, returning late in 2009 after heading to the now-defunct Toyota F1 team as head of the engine department. The Toyota engine won no F1 races during the period of its existence which included powering Williams.

In a short media statement, Ferrari said it has promoted from within to replace Marmorini, and affirmed that James Allison and Nikolas Tombazis remain in charge of the chassis side. (GMM)