Mercedes release W15 aero chief Gioacchino Vino after six-year stay

Sam Cooper
The Mercedes logo in the garage in Miami.

The Mercedes logo in the garage in Miami.

Mercedes has parted ways with a senior member of staff in chief aerodynamicist Gioacchino Vino after more than six years with the team.

Following some recent departures from Mercedes’ Brackley base, the team has chosen to part ways with chief aerodynamicist Gioacchino ‘Jack’ Vino after more than six years.

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Additional reporting by Thomas Maher

Just this week, rivals Ferrari announced that Mercedes’ motorsport executive and driver development director Jerome d’Ambrosio and performance director Loic Serra are both moving to Maranello, with Vino’s release meaning another senior member of staff is no longer working with the team.

Vino joined in February 2018 as principal aerodynamicist before being promoted to chief in October 2022.

During his time there, he contributed towards the championship-winning cars the W9, W10, W11, and W12 but also had a major role in the underperforming W13 and W14.

He will serve a six-month period of gardening leave before he can look to rejoin the F1 grid with another team.

Late last year, Mercedes’ chief technical officer Mike Elliott resigned only a few months following his return to the role after serving as technical director when he and James Allison swapped roles after 2021.

Earlier this month, CEO and team principal Toto Wolff said he hoped to entice some “competent people” into the team whilst holding onto the talent they have.

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“I mean, it goes through all of the levers but I would say this is not anything out of the extraordinary,” he said of Adrian Newey’s departure from Red Bull.

“People change teams and want to change the environment. So, I have come to the point that I am not really interested in what’s going on there with the leadership. I’m not listening to anything anymore.

”I think it’s important for us to look at our team and see, develop the strong people and hopefully get some interesting competent people from other teams into Mercedes and provide an exciting journey to recovery.”

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