Furbatto’s arrival as engineering director will see Aston Martin reshuffle its technical department, with Andrew Green taking up the role of chief technical officer - the same role held by James Allison at Mercedes.

Furbatto has been Alfa Romeo’s chief designer since 2017 but will move to the Silverstone-based outfit ahead of next season.

Aston Martin confirmed that Furbatto will be the first of several signings as team principal Otmar Szafnauer has already outlined his ambitions to expand the team’s workforce ahead of 2022.

“As we continue to add weight to our technical team, we are hugely excited that Luca has chosen to join Aston Martin,” Szafnauer said of the announcement.

“Working with our existing Engineering Group, he will bring a valuable perspective and knowledge to help shape our approach in the short and medium-term.

“This appointment coincides with Andrew stepping up to a new role where he will take a global perspective on the company’s mid to long-term technical strategy.”

Furbatto added: “It is very exciting to join Aston Martin as engineering director. It is a project that has all the ingredients for success – committed leadership, a talented workforce, and fresh investment in resources.

“I am looking forward to playing my part in establishing this team at the very top of the sport.”

Aston Martin currently sits sixth in the 2021 F1 constructors’ championship having scored its first podium of the season last time out in Azerbaijan.