Ferrari has responded to a desperately disappointing beginning to the F1 2011 World Championship campaign with its F150? Italia, by announcing that technical director Aldo Costa has stepped down from his role with immediate effect.

A short statement published on the Scuderia's website revealed that Costa will henceforth 'take on new responsibilities within the company'. The Italian joined Ferrari back in 1995, and was promoted to the position of technical director in November, 2007.

As part of the technical department reshuffle, former McLaren man Pat Fry has been appointed director on the chassis side, Corrado Lanzone will take care of production and Luca Marmorini will remain in charge of the engine and electronics. All three men will report directly to team principal Stefano Domenicali.

Ferrari currently sits a distant third in the constructors' standings, a staggering 110 points adrift of world championship leaders Red Bull Racing just five races into the 2011 season, with but a sole podium finish thus far courtesy of Fernando Alonso in Turkey. Despite leading for the opening 19 laps in front of his home fans in Barcelona last weekend, the Spaniard ultimately ended up being lapped.

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