Mario Almondo replaced Ross Brawn as
Technical Director of the Ferrari F1 team in October 2006, but not much
is known about him.
Mario graduated in Industrial Managerial Engineering from the
Politecnico di Milano sometime before 1989. Mario graduated in
Industrial Managerial Engineering from the Politecnico di Milano
sometime before 1989. He then went on to briefly lecture in mechanical
technologies before completing military service as a lieutenant in the
Carabinieri in 1991.
Mario joined the famous Ferrari marque at the end of 1991, initially
working for two years as a mechanical technology department engineer,
with responsibility for machining, assembly, foundry and engine test
benches. Between 1993 and 1994 Mario became responsible for the
organisation first of the Road Car Division and then for the Motor Sport
Division of Ferrari, later becoming the personnel manager for the Motor
In 1995 Mario was promoted to become the industrial Director and Chief
of Operations, a role which he fulfilled for just over 10 years with
overall responsibility for quality, industrialisation and production of
composites and mechanical components, as well as purchasing and
information technology. In 1996 Mario was briefly reassigned to become
the Head of Human Resources and Organisation at Ferrari in preparation
for his role of Technical Director which he was promoted to in October
2006 after it was announced Ross Brawn was taking a sabbatical for the
The appointment to Technical Director of a man who has had no visible
active involvement at the races in F1 has been seen by some as a highly
controversial decision by Ferrari and only time will tell if it has been
a successful move by the Scuderia to replace Ross. We do know that
Marioís role as Technical Director was slightly different to the role
Ross Brawn had, as responsibility for trackside operations fell to
Rossís protegee Luca Baldisserri.
At the end of the 2007 F1 season, Ferrari announced another technical
and management organisational reshuffle which has seen Mario take up the
role as Director of Operations for the F1 team.
Mario has two children, Marco and Matteo. He enjoys the arts, soccer,
sport and cycling.
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