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Ex-Mercedes engineer Jock Clear makes first Ferrari appearance at Paul Ricard

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Former Mercedes engineer Jock Clear has made his first public appearance at new team Ferrari during this week's wet-weather tyre test at Paul Ricard.

Clear worked as Lewis Hamilton's performance engineer at Mercedes in 2013 and 2014 and was appointed by Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene at the end of last year as a replacement for ousted engineering director Pat Fry. However, in order to limit the amount of sensitive information he could bring from the world champions to Ferrari, he was required by Mercedes to serve the 2015 season on gardening leave.

At the end of last season, Arrivabene said Clear's arrival would not have a major impact on the structure of the team after Ferrari made clear progress in 2015.

"There is only one person that you all know is coming in 2016, but this person is not going to change the structure of the team," Arrivabene said. "He comes inside the team as a new person."

Clear was working at Paul Ricard on both days of the Paul Ricard test as Pirelli analysed prototype wet weather tyres with 2015-spec cars.