Ex-Ferrari Engineer James Allison joins Mercedes as Technical Director

The highly rated engineer James Allison will return to the Formula 1 paddock with Mercedes as replacement to the Williams-bound Paddy Lowe.

Mercedes will launch the new W08 at Silverstone on February 23rd and Allison will officially become a member of the team on March 1st. This appointment is bad news for the rest of the grid given James Allison’s ability to co-create championship winning cars.

Here is a list of significant Formula 1 cars James Allison has been involved in creating:

 Having left Ferrari in July, Allison rejoins the sport at a time of great change, but is relishing the chance to work with the defending World Champions. He said,

“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport.

– James Allison
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates with James Allison, Chassis Technical Director of Ferrari after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 26: Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari celebrates with James Allison, Chassis Technical Director of Ferrari after winning the Formula One Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on July 26, 2015 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Toto Wolff is also happy with the appointment. Allison is an engineer who is already established and like the outgoing Paddy Lowe, has a reputation for producing race-winning cars. Wolff added,

“Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three world championships in a row. It wasn’t an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role.

James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”

– Toto Wolff

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James Allison’s arrival is yet another string to the silver bow and also a huge statement of intent. They’ve managed to prize a key technical figure away from Ferrari. No single person is greater than the team, but the Italian Manufacturer is a weaker outfit without him.