Ferrari has confirmed the appointment of former McLaren chief engineer Pat Fry as the Scuderia’s assistant technical director. The 46-year old Briton will work under technical director Aldo Costa starting from July. It’s likely that Fry will jump into the development of next year’s car.

Fry left McLaren last month after 17 years with the Woking team. He started his career with Benetton in 1987 and worked there as a race engineer and test team engineer till 1992 before moving to McLaren in 1993.

At McLaren, he was made chief engineer alongside Tim Goss in 2002 and both men alternate as lead designers – Goss is in charge of this year’s car, while Fry was working on the 2011 MP4-26 before leaving McLaren. Would he bring valuable information to his new team?

“Within our team, then, I think we’ve got quite a bit of a talent and depth, so in these situations it’s a great opportunity for someone younger, maybe hungrier, to come along and replace all of us,” McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said of Fry’s departure last month.