Mercedes’ Chief Technical Officer Mike Elliott has left the team after more than a decade in senior positions.

Mercedes announced on Tuesday that Elliott, who joined from McLaren in 2012, has opted to begin a new chapter away from the Formula 1 outfit.

Elliott held several roles at Mercedes, including as Head of Aerodynamics, Technology Director and Technical Director.

Elliott oversaw Mercedes’ unsuccessful ‘zeropod’ design under new Formula 1 regulations in 2022 and after the manufacturer’s botched start to 2023 he and James Allison undertook a job swap.

“It has been one of the great privileges of my career to be part of this Mercedes team,” said Elliott.

“During my time, I have seen it grow from a group of people pulling together to win races, then a first championship, to winning a record eight consecutive Constructors Championships. – and I am proud to have made my contribution to that journey.

“Although the last two seasons have not seen us winning races in the manner we aspire to, they have tested us in many other ways – and forced us to question our fundamental assumptions about how we deliver performance. During the past six months, I have enjoyed developing the technical strategy that we hope can provide the foundations of the team’s next cycle of success.

“I have decided that now is the right time to make my next step beyond Mercedes – first to pause and take stock, after 23 years of working flat-out in this sport, and then to find my next challenge. I would like to thank my team-mates for a fantastic 12 seasons together and wish them every success for the years to come.”

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