Ferrari head hunts directly from McLaren

L-R: Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari; Andrea Stella (ITA) Ferrari Race Engineer; Pat Fry (GBR), Ferrari Technical Director.
Pat Fry with Fernando Alonso

Jan.4 (GMM) Ferrari technical guru Pat Fry has persuaded a swathe of engineers to follow his move from McLaren to Ferrari.

After a long and fruitful McLaren career, Briton Fry switched to Ferrari last year and is now the Italian team’s chassis technical director.

According to Corriere dello Sport, he has convinced his former senior McLaren colleagues including Rupad Darekar, Jonathan Heal, Ioannis Veloudis, Lawrence Hodge and Giacomo Tortora to join him at Ferrari.

And Turun Sanomat reports that McLaren’s aerodynamics project leader Marcin Budkowski is also set to switch to Ferrari.

But on the F1Enigma blog, McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale insisted Budkowski is simply taking a “well earned sabbatical” and will return to work later in 2012.