In a statement, Manor Marussia has announced the hiring of Dave Ryan as the new Sporting Director, a position that up until now was Graeme Lowdon. Ryan treasures 34 years of experience in Formula 1 and he held the same position at McLaren until 2009, when he was fired after the events of the Australian Grand Prix, in which Lewis Hamilton was disqualified after an incident with the safety car and the subsequent attempt to conceal information to the commissioners on the part of the team.
new Zealander and was born in 1954, he began his career as a mechanic in Woking at the end of the 70’s and, after his dismissal, created the team Von Ryan Racing Sports that currently competes in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
Dave Ryan stated feel “very excited to be part of Manor Marussia on a point of vital importance in his development. After having spent time with Stephen, and have understood his vision of the future, it is evident that it has secured a strong base on which the team can make big steps over the next few seasons”.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, owner of the team, Manor, it is shown “excited about”, underscoring the fact that Ryan “needs no introduction after being in the sport the past 34 years contributing to the same with victories and championships”, also highlighting the new partnership with Mercedes from 2016.
Fitzpatrick also confirmed the departure of John Booth that, along with the above-mentioned Lowdon, will leave the team at the end of the season. In regards to Booth, Auto Motor und Sport reports that has been offered his place to the recently retired Alex Wurz, which until now was competing as an official driver for Toyota in the World Endurance Championship.