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Ferrari extend contract of famous member of design team

Rory Byrne, best known for playing a key role in Ferrari's title-winning streak in the early 2000s, has had the contract for his advisory role with the team extended, RacingNews365.com understands.

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Ferrari have extended the contract of advisor Rory Bryne for a further three years, RacingNews365.com understands.

The South African-born engineer and car designer has been a part of the Scuderia since 1996, having been brought to the Italian outfit by Ross Brawn.

Byrne is best known for playing an instrumental role in building the cars that helped Michael Schumacher to win five consecutive World Championships between 2000 and 2004, a period in which Ferrari also clinched six consecutive Constructors' Championships.

He also designed Schumacher's previous title-winning cars at Benetton in 1994 and 1995.

At the end of the 2006 season, Byrne retired from his position at Ferrari, but returned to assist with the development of the team's 2014 F1 car in an advisory role.

It is now thought that Ferrari have extended Byrne's contract for his advisor position for an additional three years.

The team's prospects for 2022 have been much discussed, with the likes of Lewis Hamilton suggesting that they are one to watch in the upcoming season.

Team Principal Mattia Binotto has played down the idea that the Italian outfit are ahead, but admits that the car was "behaving well" during the recent pre-season test in Barcelona.

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