Aldo Costa

Born in Parma, Costa studied mechanical engineering at Bologna University. He wrote a brilliant thesis on Formula 1 suspension systems, gleening the information from the Ferrari racing department, and after graduation in 1986 he joined the Abarth company where he worked with CAD/CAM and in the calculation department for 18 months before being hired by Giancarlo Minardi to be chief designer of the Minardi F1 team - at the age of 27. He remained in charge of all technical matters at Minardi until he left at the end of 1995 to join Ferrari.