While Mercedes is struggling to find pace and keep focus on it’s 2013 championship bid, the management changes continue in the garage as the team announced the departure of CEO Nick Fry. Perhaps it was inevitable that Fry would be shown the door when Niki Lauda and toto Wolff arrived.
Fry has been with the team since it was BAR Honda and oversaw the first win and championship back in 2009 when it was called Brawn GP. Fry will be retained as a consultant through 2014 but will leave his official role at the end of the month. His duties will be assumed by Toto Wolff. Fry told the press:
“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to work with our team for the last 11 years and remain extremely proud of the fact that we took the team to its first race win and especially the double World Championship in 2009,” Fry said in a statement issued by the team.
“Equally important is the success of our commercial activities as we have managed to gain the support of some of the most important companies in the world, thereby building a strong foundation for the future success of the team.
“I believe that Mercedes AMG Petronas offers the best sponsorship proposition in Formula 1 and I look forward to continuing to assist the team and its partners over the coming years.”
Perhaps it was inevitable that Fry would go as the team reorganized itself with a new driver in Lewis Hamilton and new management in Lauda and Wolff. Fry and Brawn have been a team since the BAR Honda days but it seemed confusing as to the role Fry played with the arrival of Wolff.
Much has been made of all the changes at Mercedes but ultimately the team seems to have made a step in the right direction thus far and time will tell if Ross Brawn will stay as the team is assumed to be arranging for the arrival of Paddy Lowe in 2014.