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Ferrari confirm Brawn's exit

The Ferrari team have confirmed that Ross Brawn will leave the Italian squad following the end of the season, as exclusively revealed by Autosport magazine.

Brawn's position as technical director will be taken by Mario Almondo at the start of November, while Stefano Domenicali becomes the team's sporting director.

Engine guru Paolo Martinelli will also leave Ferrari, moving to parent company Fiat.

Frenchman Jean Todt, who was confirmed yesterday as Ferrari's new CEO, will also take on, as an interim, the role of managing director of the Ferrari's Gestione Sportiva.

The technical department will be made up of chassis department, headed up by Aldo Costa, while Gilles Simon will be responsible for engine department, with both men reporting to Almondo.

"Ferrari offers its most heartfelt thanks to Ross Brawn and Paolo Martinelli for their immense contribution in the drafting of an extraordinary chapter in the history of the Scuderia and motor sport," said Ferrari in a statement, "which has produced a tally of eleven world titles and of around ninety wins in Formula One Grands Prix.

"After years of hard and demanding work, Ross Brawn has decided to turn his attention to his personal life, while Paolo Martinelli will take on an important role within the Fiat Group: to them go best wishes for a satisfying future."

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