After speculation heated up last week, James Allison has left Ferrari by mutual consent.
The English designers place in the team had been in doubt for a while now after Ferrari’s poor start to the season. Wednesday morning it has been announced that Allison’s 3 year spell at Maranello was indeed coming to an end. His contract ran until the end of 2017. It a short statement announced by the team, the two parties ended terms by mutual consent.
Ferrari team boss 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 himself 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.
“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.”
James Allison has been through personal troubles this year with the shock death of his wife immediately after the Australian grand prix at Albert Park. This has ultimately left the technical director wanting to spend more time in the United Kingdom to look after his 3 children, meaning a full time return to his homeland was a matter of when and not if.
James Allison previously successfully worked at Team Lotus which was formerly the Renault team, and now once again the Renault team. It remains to be seen if the Enstone based squad will go after James’s services once again.
The replacement in the Maranello hot seat goes to Mattia Binotto, who is to take the role of chief technical officer moving across from the Scuderia’s engine department.
Binotto has been at Ferrari since 1995 in various roles carrying from test engineer to race engineer. Binotto became head of the KERS design team for the electric introduction in 2009, before becoming chief officer of the power unit at the end of the 2014 campaign.
No stranger to Maranello then, lets hope for his sake that the track performance increases.