The Mercedes AMG Petronas team has announced that former Ferrari technical director James Allison has joined the reigning championship-winning outfit in an equivalent role.
The Brackley-based team’s announcement comes just one month after the news that Paddy Lowe had left his role as Executive Director (Technical), with many insiders expecting he will soon be confirmed at Williams Racing.
Allison has been on ‘gardening leave’ since his sudden exit from Ferrari in July, with whom he’d spent the past three years after a previous stint as the Lotus F1 Team’s technical director. His departure occurred in the wake of the sudden death of his wife Rebecca, who lived in the United Kingdom while he worked in Italy.
Allison will officially commence his role at Mercedes on March 1, reporting to Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. Working alongside him are a number of Allison’s former colleagues, including Aldo Costa (engineering director), Mark Ellis (performance director), Rob Thomas (chief operating officer) and Geoff Willis (technology director).
Allison’s arrival will come too late into the 2017 pre-season for him to have any significant impact on the new car’s development, but he will be expected to be up and running quickly among familiar company.
“Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three World Championships in a row,” Wolff said of the team’s latest signing.
“It wasn’t an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role.
“James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”
“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport,” added Allison.
“It’s a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
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