The Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team confirmed on Thursday that former Ferrari and Renault technical director James Allison will join the Brackley based outfit on March 1 taking up the newly created role of technical director.
Allison who left Ferrari in August last year is excited to be getting back to work following some time away from sport. In a statement he said:
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. I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.
Allison replaces Paddy Lowe who served as Executive Director (Technical) after his fellow Englishman left the Brackley based outfit to take up a senior technical role with the Williams Martini Racing Team replacing Pat Symonds who has decided to retire from Formula One.
Speaking about the news of Allison’s imminent arrival at the Silver Arrows, Mercedes Executive Director (Business) Toto Wolff commented by saying:
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.