Ferrari Formula One team tech director steps down


MARANELLO, Italy -- Ross Brawn has stepped down as technical
director of Ferrari's Formula One team.

The 51-year-old Brawn, who helped Ferrari win six constructors'
and five drivers' championships after joining in 1996, "has
decided to turn his attention to his personal life," Ferrari said
Thursday in a statement.

The move, which was widely anticipated, is the latest at Ferrari
following the retirement of seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher.

Former Ferrari industrial director Mario Almondo was named as
Brawn's successor.

Former team director Jean Todt was appointed chief executive
Wednesday and will act as interim managing director during the
reorganization. Also, Stefano Domenicali replaced Paolo Martinelli
as sporting director.