What next for Ferrari after Allison’s departure?
After another underperforming season, the Scuderia have parted ways with their star technical leader, casting doubt over their future progress
Ferrari will start the second half of the season after the summer break determined to dispel the sense of a team in crisis following a worrying slump in form and the departure of their technical director, James Allison.
Allison, one of the most highly regarded aerodynamic design leaders in the paddock, left Ferrari on the eve of the German Grand Prix. That race confirmed the team’s lack of competitiveness part way through a season in which they had hoped to challenge Mercedes.
No specific reason was given for Allison’s departure. Team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said in a statement only that Ferrari thanked the 48-year-old “for his commitment and sacrifice during the time spent together, and wish him success and serenity for his future endeavours”. Allison has been replaced by Mattia Binotto, the former head of the engine department, who takes on the role of chief technical officer.
It was interpreted by some that the split was related to the sudden death of Allison’s wife, Rebecca, just after the Australian Grand Prix, but insiders say that this was not the central issue. Allison had made it clear in at least two emails to