F1: Veteran Ferrari engineer Chris Dyer joins Renault recruitment drive

BY Adam Cooper • February 4, 2016

Michael Schumacher's former Ferrari race engineer Chris Dyer has joined the expanding Renault Sport F1 team as Head of Vehicle Performance Group, proving the Enstone team is on a serious recruitment drive.

Dyer was Schumacher's race engineer for the successful title campaigns in 2003 and 2004, and then worked with Michael's replacement Kimi Raikkonen, helping him win to the 2007 World Championship.

The Australian began his career with Holden in V8 touring cars in 1992 before his TWR connections transferred him to Arrows in December 1996 -- initially as performance engineer. He worked with the likes of Damon Hill and Jos Verstappen, latterly as a race engineer, before moving to Ferrari in January 2001.

Dyer became chief race engineer in January 2009. However, he was forced to leave that position after Fernando Alonso lost the 2010 title with a bad strategy call at the 2010 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, and later Pat Fry took over his role. He officially left Ferrari in August 2011.

He joined the BMW DTM program as chief engineer in November 2012, a job he held into leaving for Renault.

Meanwhile Ayao Komatsu, who previously held a senior engineering role at Enstone, has moved to Haas F1 Team.

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