Former McLaren chief, Ryan spent 35 years at Woking based squad in various roles, but departed in the wake of the 2009 Australian Grand Prix, when the team was deemed to have lied to race stewards.
Press-release from Manor regarding the latest step-forward
Dave, who joins the team with immediate effect, brings 34 years of Formula 1 experience to this newly created position. As a highly respected member of McLaren Racing and the F1 Paddock, he contributed to an impressive record of race wins and constructors’ and drivers’ world championships, latterly in the role of Sporting Director.
Over the past six years he established the Von Ryan Racing sports car team and developed it into the competitive force it is today in the Blancpain Endurance Series.
As Racing Director, Dave will oversee race team operations during an exciting period of development for the Manor Marussia F1 Team. 2015 has largely been a rebuilding year, but looking ahead to 2016, equipped with class-leading Mercedes-Benz Hybrid power, the team expects to be competing for championship points and position.
Stephen Fitzpatrick, Owner/Investor, Manor Marussia F1 Team
“I’m delighted to announce Dave’s appointment in the newly created position of Racing Director. He needs no introduction, of course, having spent 34 years within the sport contributing to an incredible tally of race and championship wins.
“Along with our new Mercedes Benz power unit, technical partnership with Williams and recent additions to the design and technical team, Dave’s arrival is another important step towards our goal of creating a truly competitive racing team.
“I am also able to confirm that John Booth and Graeme Lowdon will be leaving the team at the end of the current season. I have the utmost respect for them as individuals and for all they have achieved, both with this team and in their long careers in Motorsport, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their hard work and dedication during this season in particular. Like every great story, there comes a time to start a new chapter.”
“I’m very excited to be joining the Manor Marussia F1 Team at a pivotal time in their development. Having spent time with Stephen, and understood his vision for the future, it is clear he has ensured there is a strong platform from which the team can make big steps forward in the seasons ahead.
“Manor has all the hallmarks of a fiercely competitive racing team, but having grown up in a much more contemporary Formula 1 era, it is a very lean operation with a collaborative culture, which leaves it well placed to contend with the sport’s future direction. There is clearly a big challenge ahead and a lot of work to do, but I can’t wait to meet the wider team and get down to business.”