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Rory Byrne

Broadcast dates : 10th April 2005
16th April 2005


Theyíve named a street after him. The most successful man in Formula One.

And this time itís not Michael Schumacher, but the designer of every one of Michaelís championship-winning cars since 1994.

Rory Byrne, born in Bedfordview near Johannesburg, was in Pretoria recently to visit Innovation Hub, a new hi-tech business park, where Ferrariís chief designer was honoured in an appropriate way. Here a street was named after him.

The recent domination of Formula One by Ferrari, its lead driver Michael Schumacher and number two, Rubens Barrichello (Barry Kello), is unprecedented in the sportís 55 year history.
And as good a driver as Schumacher is, itís generally acknowledged today that the design of a car is more important than ever.

Ferrariís start to the 2005 season has been modest by the teamís standards. A second and a seventh place going to Barrichello and Schumacher in the first few races means thereís lots of catching up to do.

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