Ferrari’s former technical director James Allison is set to return to Formula One having committed to a technical role within Mercedes according to a report in the January edition of F1 Racing Magazine.

Allison, one of the most highly rated technical directors in the paddock left the Prancing Horse in August in order to be closer to his family following the sudden death of his wife in March.

Since leaving Ferrari there has been speculation linking Allison with all of the UK based Formula One teams.

The Englishman who led the technical team at the Lotus F1 Team during Kimi Raikkonen’s time with the outfit from 2012-2013 had been linked with a return to Enstone however it is believed that he rejected such a move due to being unhappy with the apparent lack of a management structure at the team.

It is believed that when contacted by McLaren Honda about the possibility of joining the team they were told that Allison was committed elsewhere.

Paddock Eye understands that Allison will be brought in to replace Executive Director (Technical) Paddy Lowe who is expected to replace Williams Martini Racing’s Pat Symonds who has left the Grove based team.

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