Sidelined Dyer to reunite with Schumacher?

(L to R): Chris Dyer (AUS) Ferrari Race Engineer with Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari. Formula One World Championship, Rd 16, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China, 29 September 2006. DIGITAL IMAGE

Chris Dyer with Michael Schumacher at Ferrari in 2006

Jan.31 (GMM) Chris Dyer’s redefined role at Ferrari is factory-based and on “the production side”, according to a specialist report.

Following the race strategy gaffe at the season finale Abu Dhabi GP that cost Fernando Alonso the 2010 title, Australian Dyer was stepped down as head of track engineering.

Ferrari said he would get a “redefined” role for 2011.

An article by veteran correspondent Heikki Kulta in Finland’s Turun Sanomat claims that role is relating to production, with 42-year-old Dyer – formerly race engineer to Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen – to be stationed at Maranello.

The report also said Schumacher would be happy to reunite with Dyer at Mercedes.

Ferrari’s post-Dyer engineering structure features ex McLaren and Red Bull men Pat Fry and Neil Martin in newly prominent roles.