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Ferrari reveal Brawn departure 26 Oct 2006

Ross Brawn (GBR) Ferrari Technical Director.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 11 March 2006

Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn is to leave the team at the end of the month, it was confirmed on Thursday. Brawn’s position will be taken by Mario Almondo, with Stefano Domenicali taking on the role of Sporting Director. New Ferrari CEO Jean Todt will become interim Managing Director.

According to Ferrari, Brawn has decided to turn his attention to his personal life after devoting the past decade to the Italian team. Also leaving at the start of November is engine director Paulo Martinelli, who is heading to another position within parent company FIAT.

“Ferrari offers its most heartfelt thanks to Ross Brawn and Paolo Martinelli for their immense contribution in the drafting of an extraordinary chapter in the history of the Scuderia and motor sport, which has produced a tally of 11 world titles (six constructors' and five drivers,' all of these with Michael Schumacher) and of around 90 wins in Formula One Grands Prix,” said the team.

Ferrari’s technical department will now be made up of a chassis department, headed up by Aldo Costa, while Gilles Simon will be responsible for the engine department, with both men reporting to Almondo.