Chris Dyer, the former Ferrari engineer credited as a leading figure behind several of Michael Schumacher’s World Championship titles won with Ferrari, has landed a role with BMW in its DTM programme.
The Australian was Schumacher’s race engineer between 2001-6 – a period which saw Schumacher win four championship titles on the trot – before being promoted to Ferrari’s head of race track engineering after the German retired at the end of 2006.
But Dyer’s star faded badly when he was implicated in the team’s poor strategy call at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, a race in which Fernando Alonso could have won a third World Championship title.
Dyer made the call to bring Alonso in for an early pit stop, only for the Spaniard to emerge behind Vitaly Petrov’s Renault, remaining stuck behind the Russian for the rest of the race while Sebastian Vettel went on to win the title.
At the end of January 2011, Dyer was demoted to a factory-only role and replaced by former McLaren engineer Pat Fry, who has since been promoted to the role of technical director.
Dyer was effectively left in the wilderness – for a while he was rumoured to be considering a return to V8 Supercars, in which he started out before joining F1 in the late 1990s – but BMW has since announced that Dyer would take over as chief engineer for its DTM project, which kicked off this year after a 21-year absence from the series.
Dyer’s first appearance will come at this weekend’s season finale at Hockenheim, which could see the outfit’s lead driver Bruno Spengler (pictured) could claim the Drivers’ Championship title.