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Ferrari confirm signing of former Mercedes duo as Jerome d’Ambrosio appointed Deputy Team Principal

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Jerome d’Ambrosio will join Ferrari as their Deputy Team Principal after departing his role as head of Mercedes’ young driver programme.

Reporting directly into team boss Fred Vasseur, D’Ambrosio will make the same move that Lewis Hamilton is set to make next year – from Brackley to Maranello – while D’Ambrosio will also take on the role of Head of the Scuderia Ferrari Driver Academy.

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Joining D’Ambrosio in swapping Mercedes for Ferrari is the Silver Arrows’ performance director Loic Serra, who will take on the role of Head of Chassis Performance Engineering for the Scuderia.

Both are due to take on their new roles at Ferrari on October 1 this year.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - NOVEMBER 2: Jerome d'Ambrosio of Belgium and Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS F1 Team

Jerome d'Ambrosio has been appointed Ferrari Deputy Team Principal

Born in Belgium in 1985, D’Ambrosio was a successful racing driver up until 2020 as he notched up a win in GP2 and three in Formula E, along with 20 F1 Grands Prix appearances from 2011 to 2012 for Virgin Racing and Lotus.

Before joining Mercedes in 2023 as their Driver Development Director, D’Ambrosio had also been Team Principal for Venturi Racing in Formula E.

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Serra, who will be reporting to Ferrari’s Technical Director Enrico Cardile, will oversee various areas in his role at Maranello, including Track Engineering, Aero Development, Aero Operations and Vehicle Performance.

As well as his experience at Mercedes, he has also worked for Michelin and the former BMW-Sauber team.

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