September 6th 2019

Former Mercedes-AMG Petronas Engineering Director, Aldo Costa, Heads To Dallara In 2020

Aldo Costa, the Technical Advisor and former Engineering Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, is joining race car manufacturer Dallara Automobili S.p.Ain 2020 as Chief Technical Officer.

Last year, Costa stepped back from his previous role of Engineering Director and has continued to support the team in an advisory capacity during 2019 while also spending more time with his family in Italy.

His new role as CTO of Dallara Automobili S.p.A will allow Costa to pursue his career closer to home, work across a remarkable breadth of racing and automotive projects and to continue developing the next generation of Italian engineering talent – an approach that Costa fostered actively during his time with Mercedes.

Costa will conclude his service with Mercedes at the end of September prior to joining Dallara at the beginning of 2020.

Costa said, "“Since stepping back from my role as Engineering Director, I have enjoyed supporting the team during this season and have also been searching for my next challenge beyond Formula One. 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.

"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. Finally, 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.”

Dallara CEO and General Manager, Andrea Pontremoli, said, “For all of us at Dallara, starting with our President Giampaolo Dallara, Costa’s entry into the Management Team is a wonderful opportunity. It will allow us to harmonise our technical functions in order to further develop Dallara’s capability and knowledge, and to prepare the company for the future challenges that we’ll have to face together."

Team Principal & CEO Toto Wolff, said, “Costa 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 characterized his years with us. Costa’s passion for racing burns brightly – both in the engineering office and, sometimes, in the cockpit as well. 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. His new role with Dallara is a fantastic opportunity and I am delighted he has found such a rewarding role in which to pursue his career – and to contribute his knowledge to almost every level of global motorsport.”

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