Date: 12th February 2013 at 11:22am
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The man behind Michael Schumacher’s seven Formula One World Championships has returned to Ferrari.

69-year-old Rory Byrne was chief designer for Benetton when Schumacher sealed his first championships in 1994 and 1995 and was then lured out of retirement to re-join Schumacher at Ferrari where the German was to win a further five titles, dominating the sport.

Upon his return to Ferrari’s Formula One set-up Byrne will provide operational support for the teams new 2014 car, which will be designed using a brand new set of regulations with a number of changes from the current 2013 rules.

One of the changes is the well known rule change regarding engines, with the switch to 1.6-litre V6 turbos from the current 2.4-litre V8 engines, with new energy recovery systems and chassis changes.

It’s a big step for F1 teams and BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson believes it’s a clever move by Ferrari.

‘Ferrari’s chassis people are relatively inexperienced but obviously very clever. Byrne can bring stability to the project by keeping an overview on everything and perhaps putting the brakes on some of the exuberance of youth.

‘Sometimes, very clever but inexperienced people can head off down a route that will be better on paper but won’t work so well on the track. Rory’s experience would be very helpful on that front.’