Fry: The challenge is different at Renault

Renault’s Pat Fry has admitted he expects to have a harder time righting the ship at his new employer than he did at previous team McLaren.

The Enstone outfit’s new technical director, Fry has once again been tasked with leading a revival project, but stresses he can’t simply repeat what made him successful last time.

“I think the challenge is different,” he told “I think McLaren had a few specific problems that were not simple to fix but there were some low-hanging fruit, I guess.

“I’ve only been here for a few days now, so I think that there are lots of things we need to be doing and reviewing. It’s too early to see exactly where we are.

“There are lots of good people and lots of good tools. You need that right combination of the best tools, the best people and the best methodologies to actually develop.”

The 2005 and 2006 world champions, Renault have made it clear their long-term goal is to regain that level of success. For Fry, that means his job is as much about building a strong team and support systems as it is building a strong car.

“I want to try and make sure that we’re set up with all the right tools, and motor racing is fairly simple: it’s good tools, good people, good methodologies, and then time. You’ve got to get all those things working. You need all three and you need everyone to be collaborative to work together.

“I think that is key to making it work. The car programme, I am only just getting into it really. I’m trying to have a quick look at all the areas to see where I think my time is best spent to start with. McLaren was a bit different because it was just going for a fix of that particular car.”

“You always need to have your eye on the longer term goals … I want to get involved with the 2020 car as well as the 2021. 2021 is a massive project and I’ve got a huge amount of catching up to do,” he said.