Scuderia Ferrari announced on Wednesday that its technical director James Allison left the team after his second era in Maranello. His future is still uncertain. The Italian squad also announced his replacement.
James Allison started working in F1 with Benetton in 1991. He then joined Larrousse, but after a couple of years he went back to Benetton. In 2000, he moved to Ferrari where he played a key part in the Italian team’s domination as an aerodynamics expert.
He left the squad in 2005 and joined Renault where he helped the French team to win two consecutive championship titles with Fernando Alonso. In September 2013, Allison joined Ferrari again where he took on the role of Technical Director.
Allison’s future became uncertain after the tragic death of his wife in spring. The pair had three children and lived in England while Allison travelled to Maranello and F1 races.
Ferrari ensured the Briton time in England after the tragedy, but the two parties decided now that they part ways.
"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.
The Briton said farewell to the entire team and thanked for the experiences he gained in Italy.
"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."
Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene thanked Allison for his work.
"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."
Ferrari also announced Allison’s replacement. Mattia Binotto will replace him as technical officer. However, it is yet undecided whether Binotto’s position is temporary or long-term.