Former Formula 1 and Formula E driver Jerome d’Ambrosio has been linked to a possible management position at the Mercedes F1 team, after being spotted inside the Mercedes garage during pre-season testing.
When asked by F1TV about D’Ambrosio’s presence and the possibility of a role within the team, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff responded: “He’s been in Formula E and been a team principal of Venturi, who finished second in the championship,
“He’s here as a friend. He’s observing. There may be something in the future, but not yet.”
The prospect of the Belgian joining the team could help fill in some of the responsibilities left behind by the departed James Vowles, who left his position as Chief of Strategy to take up the role of team principal at Williams.
Alongside his work as chief strategist, Vowles spent time working with young drivers, a position D’Ambrosio could be suited for.
D’Ambrosio previously raced in F1 for Marussia in the 2011 season and made a one-off appearance for Lotus the next year, marking a career-best P13 finish.
After his brief F1 career, the Belgian made the switch to Formula E, winning three races between 2014 and 2020.
D’Ambrosio also has previous management experience, acting as deputy team principal to Susie Wolff at the Venturi Formula E team in 2021, prior to succeeding Wolff as full-time team principal in the 2022 team.
Both Wolff and D’Ambrosio left the team prior to its change into the Maserati outfit.