Rory Byrne, the acclaimed designer whose Formula 1 cars helped Michael Schumacher to all seven of his Drivers’ Championship crowns, has returned to Ferrari to help the Italian marque with the development of its 2014 car.
The 69-year-old South African attended Ferrari’s launch of its 2013 challenger, the F138, earlier this month.
His presence effectively served as official confirmation – after persistent rumours – that he had increased his involvement with the team, with whom he has been acting as a consultant since retiring from his full-time commitments at the end of 2006.
The 2014 car will be the first to be designed for the sport’s new regulations, which see the reintroduction of turbo engines and a greater focus on electronics to make the sport more focused on ‘green’ technology.
Ferrari has opted to split its design team in two, with one half headed by Simone Resta focused on the F138, while the other half will be led by Fabio Montecchi to focus on the 2014 design. Both teams report to the team’s design chief, Nicolas Tombazis.