Lotus’ former Technical Director, James Allison, is to join Ferrari after all. The news – widely suspected in F1 circles – finally went public during the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.
Neither Ferrari nor the ace designer has officially announced the deal, and it’s not yet known when he will take up his post at the team.
Allison left Lotus in May, with rumours suggesting that he had been courted by either Ferrari, McLaren or Mercedes.
The truth of the matter was that Allison didn’t have a firm deal with any team when he suddenly packed up and left Lotus, which would explain why all three teams were denying any involvement, although it is believed that all three probably did express some interest in securing his services.
Ultimately, Ferrari emerged the winner, although it is unclear as yet what position he will take up within the Maranello squad, with whom he previously worked between 1995-2000.
Widely credited with the success of this year’s Lotus E21 challenger – considered one of the best cars in terms of tyre management in the field – Allison’s departure was a major blow for the Enstone team, which endured a patchy run of form thereafter until it recovered with a double-podium finish last time out at the Nurburgring.