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Aussie to lead Renault F1 assault

By Scott Newman, 05 Feb 2016 News

Aussie to lead Renault F1 assault

Ex-Ferrari man Chris Dyer joins as head of vehicle performance

Australian engineer Chris Dyer is returning to Formula 1 as part of the newly reborn Renault F1 team.

The Victorian former Holden Racing Team engineer will head Renault's vehicle performance group, which is responsible for suspension and brake development as well as simulation work.

Dyer was a key part of Ferrari's success during the early-to-mid 2000s, acting as Michael Schumacher's race engineer during his 2003 and 2004 title seasons before winning another title with Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.

Renault -F1-teamFollowing Fernando Alonso's narrow title defeat in 2010 Dyer was shifted Ferrari's GT program but left the Scuderia shortly after, reappearing as chief engineer of BMW's DTM program in 2012.

Renault is the first team to unveil its 2016 F1 challenger, which will be driven by Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen after Pastor Maldonado's promised sponsorship money failed to materialise.

The 2016 F1 season kicks off in Melbourne on March 18.