Ousted Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa looks set to reunite with one his former Ferrari contemporaries at Mercedes GP, with speculation intensifying in the lead-up to this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix that he had been signed to join the Brackley outfit.
We reported rumours in August suggesting that Costa – who was dropped from the team’s frontline Ferrari line-up in May after the squad’s disappointing start to the season – would link up with the Silver Arrows squad, which has been winless since claiming the 2009 titles under its former guise of Brawn GP.
Now, several authoritative publications are claiming that he will emerge at the outfit next year.
“The plan of the German team for 2012 is the acquisition of the Italian (Costa) as a coordinator of the engineers,” a report in Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport reads.
Mercedes GP team principal Ross Brawn is a known fan of Costa, recently describing him as “a friend and an excellent technician”.
However, when asked to comment on the latest rumours in the Monza paddock on Thursday, Brawn remained very tight-lipped, refusing to confirm or deny the rumours.
“We don’t comment on our structure, as you know,” was his reply.
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