It had been rumoured for a while but now it has happened, technical director James Allison has left Ferrari.
The decision comes three years after Allison rejoined Ferrari with the aim to return them to the top of the Driver and Constructors standings. The first car designed under his command won three races in 2015 but Ferrari have stalled this year, and been overtaken by Red Bull once again. The combination of Ferrari’s stuttering progress, Allison’s own desire to spend more time with his family following the passing of his wife in March, and the huge task of creating a competitive car with the regulation changes next year have pressured Ferrari and Allison into making this decision now.
Mattia Binotto will replace Allison as Chief Technical Officer.
“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 endeavors,” team boss Maurizio Arrivabene said.
“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,” said Allison.
“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.”