Chris Dyer

From Ferrari Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

Chris Dyer is Kimi Räikkönen's former chief engineer at Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro and current chief track engineer of the team. Born in Bendigo, Victoria,[1] Dyer worked with the top V8 Supercar outfit, the Tom Walkinshaw owned Holden Racing Team in the mid nineties alongside drivers such as Peter Brock and Craig Lowndes. In 1997, he switched to Walkinshaw's Formula One team Arrows, working as Damon Hill's chief data engineer.[2] In 1998, he stepped up to race engineering, working with drivers such as Jos Verstappen.

Ferrari career

For the 2001 season, Chris moved to Scuderia Ferrari, working as Michael Schumacher's vehicle engineer, alongside Luca Baldisseri. By the end of 2002, Chris engineered Schumacher at the tests, and after the championships had been won, at the last three races at Monza, Indianapolis and Suzuka. [3]. Chris then race engineered Michael Schumacher to his 2003 and 2004 world titles, famously appearing with the German on the podium after his triumph at the 2003 Canadian Grand Prix. Chris was quoted saying that 'One of Michael’s strengths is that, apart from driving quickly, he has an understanding of the car and how all the systems work'. Dyer then took over as Kimi Räikkönen's race engineer when the Finn moved to Ferrari in 2007. Despite suggestions that the pair didn't always get the most from the package, Räikkönen took the title in 2007 at the final race by a single point over Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.[4] However, after the disappointing results in the 2008 season, Ferrari announced that Chris will be replaced by Andrea Stella for the 2009 season. Dyer will be promoted to chief track engineer. Away from the track, Dyer enjoys hearing the sounds of the engines from Fiorano from his house.

Career

References