Ferrari will miss former technical chief Allison, says Clear

Fri Jul 29, 2016 5:11pm EDT
 
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By Abhishek Takle

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (Reuters) - Former Ferrari technical director James Allison, whose sudden departure was announced by the team on Wednesday, will be missed by the Maranello-based squad, its track operations head Jock Clear said on Friday.

“Someone of his caliber is not going to go unnoticed,” Clear told reporters ahead of this weekend’s German Grand Prix.

“But the fact is Ferrari has to move forward and we have to make the most of this situation as it is... he will be missed.”

Allison’s departure, which Ferrari said had been mutually agreed, is a big blow for the former champions and leaves the team lacking crucial technical leadership, especially ahead of next year’s sweeping rule changes.

The team did not give a reason for it, but rumors Allison would be leaving had been doing the rounds for some time.

Allison lost his wife to meningitis earlier this year and reports since have indicated he was keen to move back to the UK to spend more time with his three children.

Clear, who joined Ferrari from Mercedes in January this year, said the tragedy had hung heavy over the team.

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