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Former Ferrari engine boss Lorenzo Sassi is heading to arch F1 rival Mercedes.

In July, Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne confirmed rumours that respected designer Sassi had been either ousted from the F1 team, demoted or promoted.

“Sassi is continuing the development of his career. We did it with Cardile as well,” he said.

Marchionne was referring to Enrico Cardile, who moved from Ferrari’s GT programme to head the F1 aero division.

Sassi’s move was in the opposite direction, but Speed Week now reports that the Italian did not want to work outside of F1 for Fiat Chrysler.

Spanish newspapers AS and Marca claim that Sassi is instead heading to Brixworth, where Mercedes designs and builds its championship winning F1 engines.

Other high profile Ferrari refugees who switched to Mercedes include Aldo Costa and James Allison.

Sassi, who was replaced at Maranello from within Ferrari’s GT division, worked for Ferrari for 11 years.

Ferrari and Mercedes did not comment.


  • berj79

    guess you italian?

  • Leonardo Pisano Bigollo

    Yes, like Aldo Costa the engineer, who Mercedes hired and respect, after Ferrari got rid of him. They also fired Kimi Raikkonen once. And Luca DiMontezemolo. And Stefano Domenciali. Ferrari have a strange opinion sometimes of who they think failed to deliver. It’s part of why they haven’t won a WDC in years.

  • Sempre Davanti

    yes, I’ve heard that happens a lot with Mercs … also gearboxes packing up that require a 2nd mortgage on your home to repair or replace.

  • Holym4n

    A lot of people driving a Merc care, they worry about tail pipes starting to fall off.

  • maserati123

    I am sure Ferrari will still be Ferrari,and will do well no matter who leaves. M-Benz is still M-Benz no matter who they hire. I am a loyal Ferrari fan,and won’t ever buy a M-Benz.So who cares what he does. I only buy Fiat,Maserati,Alfa or Ferrari,actually I only buy FCA produces.

  • bobmendon

    I guess if Mercedes wants to hire somebody Ferrari fired, then go for it! (Even though he failed to deliver for Ferrari)

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