George Ryton

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George Ryton
Born (1948-08-15) 15 August 1948 (age 69)
Nationality British
Occupation Formula One engineer

George Ryton (born 15 August 1948 in Singapore [1] ) is a British engineer best known for his involvement in Formula One auto racing.

Singapore Republic in Southeast Asia

Singapore, officially the Republic of Singapore, is an island city-state in Southeast Asia. It lies one degree north of the equator, at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, with Indonesia's Riau Islands to the south and Peninsular Malaysia to the north. Singapore's territory consists of one main island along with 62 other islets. Since independence, extensive land reclamation has increased its total size by 23%. The country is known for its transition from a developing to a developed one in a single generation under the leadership of its founder Lee Kuan Yew.

United Kingdom Country in Europe

The United Kingdom (UK), officially the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, informally as Britain, is a sovereign country lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland. The United Kingdom includes the island of Great Britain, the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the United Kingdom that shares a land border with another sovereign state, the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the United Kingdom is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea to the east, the English Channel to the south and the Celtic Sea to the south-west, giving it the 12th-longest coastline in the world. The Irish Sea lies between Great Britain and Ireland. With an area of 242,500 square kilometres (93,600 sq mi), the United Kingdom is the 78th-largest sovereign state in the world. It is also the 22nd-most populous country, with an estimated 66.0 million inhabitants in 2017.

Engineer professional practitioner of engineering and its sub classes

Engineers, as practitioners of engineering, are professionals who invent, design, analyze, build, and test machines, systems, structures and materials to fulfill objectives and requirements while considering the limitations imposed by practicality, regulation, safety, and cost. The word engineer is derived from the Latin words ingeniare and ingenium ("cleverness"). The foundational qualifications of an engineer typically include a four-year bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, or in some jurisdictions, a master's degree in an engineering discipline plus four to six years of peer-reviewed professional practice and passage of engineering board examinations.


Ryton entered the world of F1 when he was hired to work in the Haas Lola team's drawing office for 1985. When the team was disbanded, he moved to Reynard to help design the company's first Formula 3000 chassis. Soon afterwards, he moved to the design centre of John Barnard, who was Ferrari's Technical Director at the time.

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Reynard Motorsport British racing car manufacturer

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At the end of 1988, Ryton was offered the position of Technical Director of the new EuroBrun team, which was never competitive and withdrew from F1 before the end of the 1990 season. Ryton then moved to become Chief Designer at Tyrrell under Harvey Postlethwaite from 1991 to 1993, when he was dropped after the team lost its sponsorship deals.

1988 Formula One World Championship sports season

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Ryton returned to work for Barnard, who had briefly moved to work for Benetton but was now back at Ferrari. On this occasion, Ryton's job was slightly different, as he was put in charge of the team's drawing office at its Maranello base. He remained in this position until mid-1996, when he accepted the position of Technical Director at the small Forti team.

Benetton Formula auto racing team in Italy

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Maranello Comune in Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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After working on the FG03 chassis, Ryton was left without a job when the team folded mid-season. However, he was soon appointed Head of Research and Development at the Ligier team, which was bought by former F1 champion Alain Prost soon afterwards and took his name. In 1998, the Prost AP01's unreliable and heavy gearbox saw him fall from favour and he moved to Minardi.

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Ryton stayed at Minardi until the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix in 2003, firstly as Chief Designer but latterly as a design consultant.

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Having left F1, Ryton now works as an independent consultant in Cornwall. [1]

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