Current technical advisor at Mercedes Aldo Costa talks about the differences between working for the German team and his former employer Ferrari.
Costa has worked for Ferrari from the late 90s all the way up to 2011, when he left the team to join Mercedes. He has a unique outlook on two of the most successful Formula 1 runs of all time, that of Michael Schumacher in the 2000s and Lewis Hamilton in the 2010s.
In a recent interview Costa described the working environment at two of the biggest giants of the sport.
“For me, the transition from Ferrari to Mercedes was painless,” the Italian said.
“I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and I noticed the way of working in England is completely different. There are no politics.
“Problems were solved technically, without drama and within normal working hours.
“Despite the fact it was impractical to constantly travel to England, it was a fantastic workplace.”
“At Ferrari, you’re constantly under the loop. The media, the fans, the shareholders. Even the barista who serves your coffee adds pressure.
“At Mercedes, they create an atmosphere where everyone can do their best without being afraid to slip up.”