Technical head James Allison leaves Ferrari

Wed Jul 27, 2016 6:37am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - Ferrari have split with technical director James Allison in a mutual decision, the Formula One team announced on Wednesday, in a move which could deal a big blow to their title ambitions.

"Ferrari announces that after three years of working together, Scuderia Ferrari and James Allison jointly decided to part ways," the team said in a statement ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

Mattia Binotto will fill the role of Chief Technical Officer, the statement said.

Briton Allison joined the glamor team in September 2013 from the Enstone-based Lotus outfit, which is now Renault, and had worked at the Maranello-based squad under technical director Ross Brawn during the Michael Schumacher years.

The highly-regarded 48-year-old was seen as the man to spearhead a turnaround in the fortune of the sport’s most successful team who have endured a few difficult years.

"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," Allison said in the statement.

"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."

Allison lost his wife to meningitis earlier this year and   Continued...

Ferrari and Fiat logos and a Italian flag are pictured on a replica of a Ferrari Formula One car in Santiago city, Chile, October 20, 2015.  REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado