Ferrari and technical director James Allison have mutually decided to end their partnership with immediate effect despite his contract running until the end of 2017.

Allison first joined Ferrari in 2000 for a five-year stint before moving to Renault to become their deputy technical director, and moved to the technical director role in 2009.

In May 2013, Allison left Renault to rejoin Ferrari to lead their challenge for a world title as chassis technical director.

Speculation over Allison’s future had been questioned in recent weeks before Ferrari announced the Briton’s departure from the team Wednesday morning.

In a short statement released by Ferrari, team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said: “The team would like to thank James for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together, and wishes him success and serenity for his future endeavours.”

Allison added: “During the years I spent at Ferrari, at two different stages and covering different roles, I could get to know and appreciate the value of the team and of the people, women and men, which are part of it,” Allison said.

“I want to thank them all for the great professional and human experience we shared. I wish everybody a happy future with lots of success.”

Mattia Binotto will now take over the role vacated by Allison, who has led Ferrari’s power unit department since mid-2014.

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