Aldo Costa is Engineering Director of Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, a winner of 12 Formula One World Constructors’ Championship titles and a veteran of 28 years in the sport.
When asked to describe his role in layman’s terms, Aldo replied: “I’m in charge of the car design and development programme, and I manage the group of designers responsible for that”.
Born in Parma, Italy, Aldo studied mechanical engineering at Bologna University. He joined Abarth in 1987 as a stress engineer, before getting his big motorsport break the next year, being recruited to the Minardi F1 Team.
After a single year at Minardi, Aldo was promoted to Chief Designer at just 27 years old. He went on to oversee the team’s most successful period in Formula One, when the team scored six points and finished seventh overall in the championship in 1991.
Aldo realised a dream in 1996, joining Scuderia Ferrari as Head of Design Office. As part of the Ferrari ‘dream team’ of the late 1990s and early 2000s, Aldo celebrated six Constructors’ title wins on the bounce between 1999 and 2004.