Big blow for Ferrari as technical director Enrico Cardille poached by Aston Martin: Reports

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Enrico Cardile, Head of Chassis Area at Ferrari, attends the Team Principals Press Conference - Getty Images

It is being reported that Ferrari technical director Enrico Cardille has been poached by their rival Aston Martin for the 2025 season. The Italian has been an integral factor in the Ferrari F1 team's current resurgence after their disappointing 2023 campaign saw them win just one race all season.

After ten races and two sprints in the 2024 season, they have already doubled their tally from the previous season and are currently P2 in the standings after having a better package than last season. Cardille, who is the head of chassis and aerodynamics in the team, has been a key aide to Frederic Vasseur since the Frenchman took over as team boss last year.

However, as reported by Formu1a.uno, the 49-year-old may be moving away from Maranello to Silverstone after several calls from Aston Martin owner Lawrence Stroll convinced him to join the British team. It is rumored that Ferrari were aware of Aston Martin's efforts to poach Cardille and their hiring of Loic Serra from Mercedes was in response to that.

Serra will join Ferrari from October 1 this year after many successful and championship-winning years at Mercedes and will take over most of Cardille's role, having already been announced as Head of Chassis Performance Engineering.


Adrian Newey reportedly eyeing Aston Martin over Ferrari as his next destination

Ahead of the Spanish GP weekend, there were reports of Adrian Newey's 'secret visit' to Aston Martin's new factory in Silverstone amid interest from Ferrari.

It was claimed that the staff was told to empty the premises to keep the hush-hush nature of the visit away from any prying eyes or leaks.

Aston Martin team boss Mike Krack denied such rumors but is proud of the British team being considered as the iconic designer's potential option for next year. He told Sky Sports:

“Honestly, when you see how many names have been linked to our project, and you see how old the project is, it is a credit to Lawrence’s vision, to Honda and Aramco, and all the partners that we have. It will be interesting how this goes on."
“But, it gives credibility to the project. A couple of years ago if you linked these names to our team, nobody would have taken it seriously. So, we are very flattered by that. It shows the project is credible," he added.

When asked if the team were talking to the departing Red Bull CTO, Krack replied:

“No. You said it before - rumors are rumors. A lot of people are talking about Aston Martin. That is a good thing. We’ll see how this goes.”

The British team under the ownership of Lawrence Stroll made a lot of hirings last year, such as Dan Fallaws from Red Bull, along with other team personnel. But Newey choosing them over Ferrari could be the biggest signing of them all, achieving the hefty targets set by Stroll.

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Edited by Aayush Kapoor
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