A report from Autosprint this week claimed that Ferrari boss Maurizio Arrivabene was to be replaced by the team’s chief technical director James Allison later this year, with Mercedes chief designer Aldo Costa then returning to Maranello to fill Allison’s shoes. That’s far from the truth, according to Motorsport, with Costa openly denying the rumors.
Costa said he has no interest in leaving Mercedes and recently extended his contract to remain with the team. Further crushing the Autosprint rumors were remarks from Allison that indicated he didn’t want to step away from his technical role at Ferrari. Allison oversaw development of the so far temperamental SF16-H and still has work left to do on the car before it can match the faster and more reliable Mercedes.
Motorsport says that Arrivabene has his eye on Toro Rosso technical director James Key as he looks to improve Ferrari’s technical team. The innovative STR11 has so far proven competitive in the opening stages of 2016, putting Key on Maranello’s radar.