Ex-Ferrari aero experimental chief Alessandro Cinelli to join Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo in action at the German Grand Prix

Alfa Romeo has appointed Alessandro Cinelli as its new Head of Aerodynamics, in place of the promoted Jan Monchaux.

Cinelli began his career in Formula 1 with Tyrell and Williams, but since 2002 has worked for Ferrari, starting out as its test team before graduating to its race team.

Up until this year Cinelli was the Head of Ferrari’s aerodynamic experimental group but he will now move to Alfa Romeo to take up his new position on August 19.

Monchaux currently holds the role but will imminently step up to the position of Technical Director, in place of Ferrari-bound Simone Resta.

“I am delighted to welcome Alessandro to Sauber Motorsport and Alfa Romeo Racing” said Alfa Romeo team boss Frederic Vasseur.

“He joins a strong aerodynamics team and we are eager to see them continue the good work that was done so far.

“The recent appointments show how we continue to strengthen our structures and represent an evolution, rather than a revolution, of the system that has helped us progress in recent years.”

Alfa Romeo slipped to ninth in the Constructors’ Championship in the wake of its double penalty at Hockenheim, though the results remain provisional as the team has lodged its intention to appeal.