Another key Red Bull figure joins Aston Martin

Jon Wilde
Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, Sergio Perez, Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin, Sergio Perez, Red Bull

Aston Martin have continued their technical restructuring by appointing a second member of Red Bull’s staff to a senior position.

Recently, Aston Martin announced a swathe of changes in key roles, all reporting to long-serving Andrew Green, who has been named chief technical officer having joined the team when they started out as Jordan in 1990 and then returned in 2010 after 12 years away.

Green vacated the engineering director role, succeeded by Luca Furbatto who is joining from Alfa Romeo.

Tom McCullough was appointed performance director, while Dan Fallows, who had been head of aerodynamics at Red Bull, was last week named as Aston Martin’s new technical director.

Now, Fallows has been followed to Silverstone by a Red Bull colleague, Andrew Alessi, an aerodynamicist who will become the new head of technical operations at Aston Martin.

Whereas Furbatto and Fallows have a notice period to serve, it has been reported that Alessi will be able to start work with Aston Martin immediately.

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Aston Martin team principal Otmar Szafnauer said: “Two weeks ago, we announced the hiring of Luca Furbatto as our new engineering director, who will start work for us in due course.

“Last week, Dan Fallows’ forthcoming arrival as our new technical director was also made public.

“Today, Andrew Alessi is added to the impressive list of our senior technical/engineering hirings as head of technical operations.

“Ours is a great team and it always has been. Many times this year we have said ‘this team has always punched above its weight – now it has the weight with which to punch harder’.

“That is absolutely true – and expert and experienced new arrivals such as Luca, Dan and now Andrew represent proof that we are building the technical/engineering strength in depth we need in order to deliver that harder punch.”

Alessi said of his decision to leave Red Bull and join Aston Martin: “Like everyone in and around F1, I have seen and been impressed by the evident ambition of the team I am joining, led as it is now by Lawrence Stroll.

“I am very much looking forward to working with Otmar Szafnauer as well as the very capable technical and engineering-focused members of the senior management team.

“Now is a fantastic time to be joining a team that is growing fast, and I am ready to get stuck in straight away to contribute to the process of making the significant aerodynamic and operational improvements we need in order to win consistently in the future.”

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