Mercedes’ technical leadership will have a new look next season after the Brackley team announced a significant reshuffle which includes key figures Aldo Costa and Mark Ellis leaving their roles.
Engineering Director Costa joined Mercedes in 2011, having previously enjoyed successful spells in Formula 1 at Minardi and Ferrari, and will step into a consultancy role from 2019 so he can spend more time with his family.
The Italian is regarded as a vital cog in the recent technical development of Mercedes, helping them achieve four successive double world championship triumphs in Formula 1’s turbo hybrid era, which began in 2014.
Leading the engineering group in place of Costa will be Chief Designer John Owen, who will report to Technical Director James Allison. Owen has been with the team since 2007.
Another central figure, Ellis, has opted to retire from his role as Performance Director and will take a sabbatical from the middle of next season.
Loic Serra, the team's current Chief Vehicle Dynamicist, will pick up Performance Director duties from Ellis at the end of this year, with Mercedes revealing the engineering group has evolved in recent months ahead of this technical shake-up.
"This is a significant moment for our team and a great opportunity. We have said many times that you cannot freeze a successful organization,” Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said.
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