Ferrari raids Mercedes to secure two new major signings


Ferrari has once again raided Mercedes to secure two new high-profile signings.

Following the high-profile capture of seven-time Formula 1 drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton earlier this year, Ferrari have now nabbed Loic Serra and Jerome d'Ambrosio.

Serra has been appointed Head of Chassis Performance Engineering. Under the supervision of Enrico Cardele, Scuderia's Technical Director for Chassis and Aerodynamics, Serra will oversee several areas, including track engineering, aerospace development, aerodynamic operations and car performance.

Meanwhile, D'Ambrosio becomes Ferrari's new deputy team principal, reporting directly to president Fred Vasseur.

Both will start for Ferrari on October 1.

A move for Serra has been on the cards for a long time, but with Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff losing a key team member.

The Frenchman, who previously worked for BMW Sauber until the German manufacturing giant pulled out of Formula 1 at the end of 2010, then moved to Mercedes the following year, taking up his current role as performance director in 2019.

After Vasseur began working as team manager in January last year, he made Serra one of his top targets. Although his move came to light last year, Ferrari has finally been able to officially confirm the switch.

D'Ambrosio taking over as team vice president comes as an even bigger surprise.

Racing News 365 It was confirmed two months ago that the 38-year-old Belgian, who competed in Formula 1 in 2011 with the Marussia Virgin Racing team before one outing with Lotus in 2012, would be leaving to join Ferrari.

Early last year, D'Ambrosio was initially seen at the Mercedes paddock, working with the team unofficially before being appointed as director of driver development 12 months ago.

D'Ambrosio primarily looked after the young drivers on Mercedes' roster who compete in various series globally.

There was a suggestion late last season that he was being groomed to be Wolff's successor one day if the Austrian decided to step down.

D'Ambrosio was previously deputy team principal with Venturi Racing during the 2020-21 season, before taking over the following season. He moved into a management position after six seasons as a Formula E driver.

Midway through the season, Wolff confirmed that d'Ambrosio would serve as team principal at races he did not attend, leading to his final substitution at the Japanese Grand Prix and Qatar Grand Prix after undergoing knee surgery.

However, it emerged earlier this year that D'Ambrosio was willing to join Ferrari.



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