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Fry happy to have Allison on board

Sunday 15-December-2013 08:30

Ferrari technical director Pat Fry has hailed the arrival of James Allison, saying it is good news for everyone at Maranello.

Former Lotus technical director Allison has been working with the Italian stable since September this year, and Fry believes it is a huge boost for the squad ahead of next year's regulation changes.

"It is great having James here. There has been a huge amount of work to try to move the place on and move the place forward," he is quoted as saying by Autosport.

"We have been attacking every area, everything from updating the windtunnel to the simulator, so there has been a massive amount of work to do.

"It is good to have the load shared. And particularly coming into next year [with] the 2014 rule-change and everything, so the more bright brains you have thinking of things the better we should do, hopefully.

"It is a fairly and easy split between us - we are both sensible and it works very well."

Allison has been named chassis technical director at the Scuderia, but while his arrival leaves Ferrari with two technical chiefs, they are still well short of the likes of Mercedes who have quite a few people heading up their tech department.

"I think you need a few," Fry added. "Two is good - whether you need five I am not sure.

"To some degree, as Formula 1 gets more and more complicated, the devil ends up being in the detail.

"So you do need to get into every last little bit and then you have to drive a team of people to do that for you.

"Splitting it is quite sensible, to be honest, but it is [still] a massive task."

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