What next for Fer­rari af­ter Al­li­son’s de­par­ture?

F1 Racing - - INSIDER -

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

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