Formula 1 short summer break wasn’t only about driver market, as there are news also on a technical side. Mercedes just announced that Aldo Costa, the team’s Technical Advisor, will leave at the end of September. Costa will then join Dallara at the beginning of 2020 as Chief Technical Officer, to pursue his career closer to his home in Italy.
Aldo Costa spoke about his decision: "After many years working at the pinnacle of our sport, I am excited to be able to contribute some of what I have learned to other racing series and to high-performance automotive projects outside racing." He then took a moment to remember the great time spent with Mercedes: "Thank you once again to all my friends and team-mates at Mercedes; it has been an extraordinary privilege to be part of the team's development and success - and we have been able to build an incredibly strong group to tackle the challenges of the future."
Mercedes' Team Principal Toto Wolff had nothing but great words for Aldo Costa: "Aldo has been one of the pillars of our team since he joined in 2011 and he now leaves us with the same dignity and professionalism that have characterised his years with us. He wanted to return to Italy to spend more time with his family and still has much energy and expertise to contribute to the motorsport community. On behalf of everybody at Mercedes, I would like to wish him great success in this next chapter."
"One of my personal passions is to mentor and grow young talent, and it will be a focus for me to help attract and develop the next generations of Italian engineering talent at @DallaraGroup in the years ahead."— Mercedes-AMG F1 (@MercedesAMGF1) September 6, 2019
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Costa also remembered his early stages in motorsport with Dallara: "I remember writing to Giampaolo at the very beginning of my career for a job - at the time, there was nothing available, but he was able to open some doors for me in the industry. Now, many years later, it feels like the wheel has come full circle and I am proud to be joining this iconic company of Italian motorsport. One of my personal passions is to mentor and grow young talent, and it will be a focus for me to help attract and develop the next generations of Italian engineering talent at Dallara in the years ahead."