Byrne lending a hand with Ferrari's 2014 car

LONDON Sun Feb 10, 2013 6:27pm IST

Rory Byrne reads his speech, as general manager Jean Todt (R) looks on, past the new Ferrari F1 Car F-2002 during the official presentation at Ferrari's headquarter in Maranello February 6, 2002. REUTERS/Vincenzo Pinto/Files

Rory Byrne reads his speech, as general manager Jean Todt (R) looks on, past the new Ferrari F1 Car F-2002 during the official presentation at Ferrari's headquarter in Maranello February 6, 2002.

Credit: Reuters/Vincenzo Pinto/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Ferrari are tapping the talents of Rory Byrne, the South African designer whose cars took Michael Schumacher to seven Formula One drivers' titles with Benetton and Ferrari, to help with development of their 2014 car.

Byrne was spotted at the launch of the team's 2013 car, the F138, at the Maranello factory this month, and Ferrari confirmed on Sunday that he was also involved - at a distance - in next year's challenger.

A spokesman said the 69-year-old was working on the new Enzo road car project but also providing "operational support" on the 2014 F1 project.

An earlier report in German publication Auto, Motor und Sport had 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 on this and next year's cars.

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.

(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

TENNIS

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Target: Hamilton

Target: Hamilton

Nico Rosberg out to wreck Hamilton hat-trick bid.  Full Article 

Back on Top

Back on Top

Podolski double gets Arsenal back into top four.  Full Article 

IPL Boycott

IPL Boycott

News agencies to boycott IPL over photo restrictions.  Full Article 

Pistorius Trial

Pistorius Trial

Prosecutor wraps up Pistorius grilling in murder trial.  Full Article 

Djokovic Cruises

Djokovic Cruises

Novak Djokovic strolls into Monte Carlo third round.  Full Article 

Boston Anniversary

Boston Anniversary

Boston marks anniversary of bombing with somber ceremonies.  Full Article 

Against World Cup

Against World Cup

Small-scale World Cup protests continue in Brazil.  Full Article 

Formula One

Formula One

Red Bull appeal rejected - International Federation.  Full Article 

Sloppy Work

Sloppy Work

CAS blasts Jamaica over sloppy anti-doping procedures.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage