Scuderia Ferrari has confirmed that Formula 1 technical director James Allison has left the team after three years at Maranello.
Allison has held roles in F1 since 1991, including multiple spells at Enstone with Benetton, Renault and Lotus, as well as a first stint with Ferrari from 2000 to 2005.
Allison returned to Ferrari in 2013, tasked with helping to turn around the Scuderia’s fortunes after a difficult spell.
Although Ferrari claimed three victories with Sebastian Vettel in 2015, it has been over 10 months since the last as Mercedes has continued to dominate proceedings.
After weeks of speculation about Allison’s future, Ferrari issued a statement on Wednesday morning confirming his departure in a mutual decision.
“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.”
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene added: “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.”
Ferrari confirmed that Mattia Binotto will move into the role of chief technical officer.
Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
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