Rory Byrne being lured back to help Ferrari?
18 September, 2011
Sep.19 (PVM) Rory Byrne is reportedly being approached by Ferrari with regards to the design of their 2012 car which is already a work in progress.
Omni Corse reports that Byrne, the South African design guru who was an instrumental part of the all conquering Michael Schumacher-Ross Brawn dream team at Benetton and Ferrari, has been approached by Pat Fry to contribute to the team’s 2012 challenger.
Byrne ‘retired’ to Thailand after Ferrari’s ‘golden era’ but now, the astute interpreter of Formula 1 rules, is on Fry’s shopping list to strengthen the technical team at Maranello.
Already the 2012 car is taking shape with Fernando Alonso in mind, which includes a lower seating position and a longer wheelbase to address the tyre heating problems the Ferrari 150 Italia has been plagued with this season.
Fry, formerly at McLaren, is overseeing the project, which included the likes of James Tortora (simulation), Ioannis Veludis (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and Rupert Daraker (aerodynamics), with Nikolas Tombazis heading the design team and Byrne, possibly, drafted in to the setup as a consultant.
Pressure is on team principal Stefano Domenicali to deliver a championship winning contender, who has talked the talk of late and next season must deliver or he is likely to face the axe.