SA F1 legend to boost Ferrari

2013-02-11 07:29

LONDON, England - Ferrari turns to Rory Byrne, the South African designer whose cars took Michael Schumacher to seven Formula 1 drivers' titles with Benetton and Ferrari, to help with development of its 2014 car.

Byrne (69) was spotted at the launch of the team's 2013 car, the F138, at the Maranello factory earlier in February, and Ferrari confirmed that he was also involved in its 2014 F1 challenger.


A spokesman said Byrne was working on the new Enzo road car project but also providing "operational support" on the 2014 F1 project.

Auto, Motor und Sport quoted Byrne as saying he was "working full steam" on the car with the F138 looking like "child's play" in comparison to it.

With major rules changes and a new engine coming in next season, Ferrari have set up two separate design teams to work its cars for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.

Fabio Montecchi is the lead man for the 2014 design with Simone Resta working on the F138. Both report to Nicolas Tombazis.

Schumacher won 91 races in cars designed by Byrne.

The South African moved to Ferrari in 1997 and became part of a 'dream team' with Ross Brawn and Schumacher.

He retired from full time design at the end of 2006, when Schumacher began a three-year break from the sport, but has since been involved as a consultant in various Ferrari projects.


  • hendrik.schutte.3152 - 2013-02-11 10:42

    Great man, with great skills. A true joy to have him as a South African! Such a brain and skills should not be allowed to waste away on mundane things. F1 is where "our" Rory belongs.

  • johan.steyn.714 - 2013-02-11 17:24

    Proud to be south African because of him. Small mistake tho. Schumi won 88 races in Byrne designed cars. 3 were in the 1996 Ferrari which was designed by somebody else.

  • dekkeranton - 2013-02-12 17:25

    Respect! This man will go down in history as a true genius! Why we haven't honoured him more in the country of his birth, who knows? We should be building monuments for him and name towns and streets after him!

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