Michael Schumacher's former Ferrari race engineer Chris Dyer has joined BMW's DTM program, adding fuel to speculation the 7-time F1 World Champion could switch to DTM next year.
Dyer worked with Schumacher from 2001-'06 and later became the Italian squad's head of race track engineering before being replaced by Pat Fry last year.
BMW confirmed that the 43-year-old Australian will take over as the project's chief engineer from Mike Krack, who is leaving his role at the end of the season. Dyer will make his first race appearance for BMW at this weekend's Hockenheim season finale.
He has a strong background in touring cars, having worked with the Holden Racing Team in Australia in the mid-1990s alongside Craig Lowndes and Peter Brock.