Ex-Ferrari chief Costa targeted by Mercedes?

Mercedes is reportedly looking to hire ousted Ferrari technical director Aldo Costa.

In May, as Ferrari grappled with its new 150 Italia car, the famous Maranello based team said Costa had stepped down from the company. However is has now emerged that the Italian has left Ferrari completely but is on “gardening leave” until the end of the year.

The specialist Italian magazine Autosprint reports that Mercedes, headed by another former Ferrari technical director Ross Brawn, has targeted Costa.

It has recently been reported that the Brackley based team is on a recruitment drive to boost its staff numbers to the height of big three teams Red Bull, McLaren and Ferrari, therefore it is little surprise that the outfit are looking for some big F1 names.

Autosprint said Brawn told Daimler chairman Dieter Zetsche at the Nurburgring that Mercedes’ struggles in 2010 and 2011 have been due in part to the team’s comparatively small size.

“So he (Brawn) received the go-ahead for the recruitment campaign,” said the report.

Source:GMM