Ferrari F1 team officially confirmed that chief technical officer James Allison will leave the team with immediate effect, following weeks of speculation over his future at the team.
Last week Italian sports daily La Gazzetta dello Sport claims that Sergio Marchionne, who is also the Fiat Chrysler CEO, has decided to take more control of Ferrari, including an active say on the main management decisions.
The report said a physical and figurative distance has grown in the relationship between Ferrari and its technical director Allison, particularly after the Briton tragically lost his wife to illness earlier this year.
Briton Allison has been travelling regularly between Maranello and the UK, where his grieving children live, sparking rumours he could return to Renault.
A brief press release issued this morning reads:
Ferrari announces that after three years of working together, Scuderia Ferrari and James Allison jointly decided to part ways.
Maurizio Arrivabene, Team Principal of Scuderia Ferrari, commented as follows: “The Team would like to thank James for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together, and wishes him success and serenity for his future endeavours.”
James Allison stated: “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 will take on the role of Chief Technical Officer at Scuderia Ferrari.