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Pat Fry is highly pleased with the way Ferrari has improved its car so far during the 2012 Formula 1 season. Having been one and a half seconds off the leading pace in Australia, the Scuderia has since claimed two pole positions, three race wins, six podium finishes and ten top five results with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
In his role as Technical Director, Fry – who switched to Ferrari from McLaren – came under fire across pre-season testing and the Melbourne weekend. Alonso then won the Malaysian Grand Prix before the squad arrived in Barcelona with a much updated package which allowed the Spaniard to challenge Pastor Maldonado for victory.
“Obviously at the start, after the winter tests, we were a bit behind,” Fry comments on the Ferrari website. “I think we learned a lot in that period and used that later on. The entire workforce reacted to the challenge we faced. In my opinion, we have overtaken a large part of the other teams in terms of development over the season; we have staged a good recovery, but there is still a long way to go.”
More ‘interesting developments’, as described by Fry, will come for the next race in Belgium at the start of September. However, the Englishman – who is spending most of the current summer break at home with his children – is fully aware that more issues could be presented to the team.
“It’s true we had a handful of parts that did not work the way we had expected,” he continues. “There’s always a chance that can happen in work like this. The positive aspect is that we understood the problem and everything is alright now.
“We have a few interesting developments that we will introduce at Spa - a track which, from an aerodynamic downforce point of view, is quite special, as indeed is Monza. In fact, we will also have an aerodynamic and engine package specifically suited to the Italian track. Therefore a lot of work has been done, but there is still also a lot to do. We must continue to keep up the pressure to a high level.”
The next two events will run back-to-back, ensuring a hectic end to the European season before the sport flies east to Singapore.
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