Former Ferrari F1 Technical Director Enjoying Newest Career Challenge
Mario Almondo, a native of Turin, Italy, is passionate about racing and passionate about his newest challenge at Brembo as general manager of its performance division overseeing the company’s racing operation.
Almondo is hardly new to racing, having held several positions in his 23-year career at Ferrari. Among his challenges: a stint as technical director of Ferrari’s Formula 1 operation, where he replaced Ross Brawn in 2006 and helped Kimi Raikkonen and Ferrari in their 2007 F1 driver and constructor championships.
Now he’s sporting the red-and-white colors of Brembo — a growing player in racing and a company that supplied the brakes or calipers for all but one team at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans — Corvette Racing the lone exception.
Autoweek caught up with the 52-year-old Almondo recently, and the discussion ranged from Almondo’s first trip to Le Mans this year to the fact that when it comes to brakes on a race weekend, no news is probably good news.