Ferrari replace technical director Aldo Costa

2011 F1 season

Aldo Costa, Ferrari, 2011

Aldo Costa, Ferrari, 2011

Ferrari have announced Aldo Costa is no longer serving as technical director.

Pat Fry, who joined the team from McLaren last year, has taken over in charge of chassis development and Corrado Lanzone will be responsible for production, both reporting to Stefano Domenicali.

Costa remains with the team in a different capacity. He became technical director in 2007.

Ferrari issued the following statement:

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro announces that, as from today, Aldo Costa relinquishes his current position as Technical Director to take on new responsibilities within the Company.

At the same time, the technical activity has been restructured in three areas: Director for the Chassis side is Pat Fry, Production is in the hands of Corrado Lanzone, while Engine and Electronics continues with Luca Marmorini. All three report directly to the Team Principal, Stefano Domenicali.

Ferrari’s start to the season has fallen short of expectations. They have reached the podium just once in the first five races and Fernando Alonso was lapped during the Spanish Grand Prix.

The team introduced a new rear wing during practice last weekend but the development was banned by the FIA.

Ferrari also replaced race engineer Chris Dyer in January.

Earlier this month Williams announced their technical director Sam Michael and chief aerodynamicist Jon Tomlinson would leave at the end of the season following their disappointing start to the year.

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97 comments on Ferrari replace technical director Aldo Costa

  1. F1Fan said on 24th May 2011, 17:29

    They also need to replace their strategist(s). Even if they had a quick enough car, they would still not win anything w/ all these blunders, including the idiotic decision to send out Alonso in Q1 w/ a new set of softs for an insurance run. By looking at the timing at that point it was crystal clear even to me that he would have made it to Q2 w/ the time he had set on the hards. They destroyed his race on Saturday.

  2. The Limit said on 24th May 2011, 17:55

    As soon as I saw Alonso go a lap down on Sunday, I knew somebody was going to get fired. By that I am not saying it was Alonso’s doing, but that grands prix
    emphasised everything that has gone wrong with Ferrari’s season so far.
    I hope for Domenicali’s sake that this ‘quick fix’ in firing Costa and replacing him with Pat Fry works, as it might by Stefano out on his ear at the end of the season. Ferrari coming out and admitting that they a putting alot of their efforts into the 2012 car does not sound too promising, especially as this season was supposed to be the one in which Ferrari took back the title they lost in 2010.

  3. Sven said on 24th May 2011, 18:00

    Poor, poor Alonso he is in his best years and has to drive no good cars for years to come. Hope he has a performance get out clause in his contract.

    • HounslowBusGarage (@hounslowbusgarage) said on 24th May 2011, 18:29

      I can’t believe that Ferrari will spend long in the doldrums, in fact I think Alonso will be more fired up than ever. Whether he can carry the car and the rest of the team is another question.

      • Kodongo said on 24th May 2011, 22:45

        I doubt he will have a performance clause because his Ferrari tenure is being subsidised by Grupo Santander.

      • BasCB (@bascb) said on 25th May 2011, 8:56

        Actually I would think that these changes have been made especially to get him to stay with the team long term.

        Last year they knew there was something missing. So they brought in the RBR guy instead of Dyer and Fry as well. Now the part with Costa and will want to put up a team with fresh Ideas to build up for glory in the coming years.

  4. Thet’re barking uo the wrong tree….. the Brits are gone that’s when their slide began

  5. UKfanatic (@) said on 24th May 2011, 18:39

    To be very honest I dont know how important is an technical director. in my view is the guy that takes the credit or in this case the blame for poor cars, this year ferrari has very little downforce anyway it is a good car and a good basis for alot more. The F2008 was the fastest car in the field and of his generation yet it had tyre temp problems just like this one I just think there is a lack of investment and pride a lack of jean and ross

  6. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 24th May 2011, 23:54

    Can’t help but think this is to satisfy LdM. He’s been quiet the past few weeks. It’s about time we heard some more from him.

  7. wasiF1 (@wasif1) said on 25th May 2011, 2:41

    Ferrari is just panicking.

  8. RacingForIndia said on 25th May 2011, 2:57

    A decision influenced by Nando, as he knows what Fry is capable of, from his time at McLaren in 07?
    Cant rule that out can we?

  9. Atticus (@atticus-2) said on 25th May 2011, 7:17

    I don’t know, I have mixed feelings about this decision.

    I think Costa also made good cars besides this ‘truck’ which the 150th is, for example the 2006-2008 and 2010 models were all relatively competitive, some of them were even the car to beat. And I like continuity more.

    On the other hand Fry has a very good reputation, had a hand in the equally competitive 2007-2008 and 2010 McLarens, although I think his role in these cars were less than Costas’ in the Ferraris.

    Obviously the 2012 Ferrari is going to be a Fry-baby from the very beginning. Probably now is the time they start to lay out the main focus points.

    All in all, I can’t see why the Scuderia has more chance of building a winning car that they had with Costa.

  10. kowalsky said on 25th May 2011, 8:14

    Ferrari is looking more and more like the ferrari of the 80’s. To tell you the truth i think alonso got there a little bit too late.
    And santader’s botin is getting tired of all this. Ja ja. Who he think he is? He will have too eat truck loads of it.

  11. geekracer2000 (@geekracer2000) said on 26th May 2011, 7:45

    This has Alonso’s involvement written all over it. Most people getting sacked in same team he’s in. Remember Hungary 2006 when that wheel nut fall of. Mechanic was fired day after, last year Chris Dyer and now Costa.
    Apparently he feels positive atmosphere today, because Costa is gone.

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