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McLaren clarify ex-Mercedes boss Fry's new role

Nick Fry has been named as Chairman of McLaren Applied, the technology company that was previously part of the McLaren Group.

Former Mercedes F1 boss Nick Fry has joined McLaren Applied as the technology company's new Chairman. It marks a return to the automotive world for Fry, who was the Mercedes F1 team's CEO between 2010 and 2013, having also held senior positions at predecessors Brawn GP, Honda and BAR. However, a spokesperson for the McLaren F1 team told RacingNews365.com that McLaren Applied is now a completely separate entity, meaning no crossover for Fry in his new role. Back in August, it was announced that the McLaren Group had agreed to sell McLaren Applied to investment company Greybull Capital. RacingNews365.com understands that a future name change is part of the deal. "McLaren Applied will continue to operate its technology business focused around transformative and innovative products in electrification and telemetry, control and analytics," read a McLaren Group statement at the time. "Greybull's investment will support the company’s strategy to exploit new market opportunities while continuing to build on its history in motorsport and automotive applications." Fry's time at Mercedes came to an end when there was a wholesale management change upon Toto Wolff's arrival ahead of the 2013 season. Prior to his spell at the Brackley-based F1 team, Fry held various leadership roles at Prodrive, Aston Martin and Ford.

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