James Allison to join Mercedes F1 as technical director

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Mercedes has confirmed that James Allison will join the team in the role of technical director next month ahead of the new Formula 1 season.

Allison has previously enjoyed roles at Renault, Lotus and Ferrari, most recently working for the latter between 2013 and 2016 as technical director.

Following the exit of executive director (technical) Paddy Lowe over the winter, Mercedes had been linked with a move for Allison, who left Ferrari last summer and was keen to secure employment in England.

Mercedes confirmed on Thursday that Allison will join in the newly-created role of technical director on March 1, bolstering its senior management team.

“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport. 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,” Allison said.

“I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”

Mercedes F1 chief Toto Wolff added: “I am delighted to welcome James to Mercedes and very much looking forward to working with him. Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three world championships in a row.

“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.”