Ferrari has confirmed that technical director James Allison is to leave the team, following weeks of speculation about the Englishman's future.
Allison and the Maranello team have “jointly decided to part ways,” according to a Ferrari statement. Following the tragic death of his wife in March he had indicated his preference to return to the UK.
Allison has had two stints with Ferrari, from 2000 to ‘05, and 2014 until now. He’s spent most of the rest of his career at Enstone, under the Benetton, Renault and Lotus names.
“The team would like to thank James for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together,” said Maurizio Arrivabene. “And wishes him success and serenity for his future endeavors.”
Allison said: “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. 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.”
Mattia Binotto, the head of the power unit department, will take on the role of Chief Technical Officer.
The 46-year-old Binotto is a Ferrari veteran, having joined the team in 1995, and progressed through the ranks of the engine department.