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Interview with Rory Byrne

Rory Byrne is no longer Ferrari's chief designer, handing the title over to his right hand man Aldo Costa. But the South African, who planned to retire ten years ago, has now committed to the Italian outfit for an additional two years as a part-time engineering consultant. Dieter Rencken caught up with his countryman for a chat on his future plans, the new job, and Ferrari's new car

Rory Byrne ranks among the most successful engineers in Formula One - despite having qualified as industrial chemist in his native South Africa. A keen model glider pilot in his youth - he and brother Gavin bagged a world championship in the discipline as teenagers - his designs are renowned for their meticulous detail and aerodynamic efficiency.

Since 1986, Byrne's cars have won 99 Grands Prix, with Michael Schumacher taking 80 of his 84 Formula One wins and all seven world titles in cars penned by the quiet 62-year-old, who 'retired' from Formula One to a Thai beach in 1996. His peace was shattered by a telephone call from Ferrari Sporting Director Jean Todt.

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