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Ferrari Technical Director James Allison Leaves The Team

Ferrari Technical Director James Allison Leaves The Team

Ferrari's chances of getting back to the top of F1 have been dealt a blow with technical director James Allison leaving the team for the second time. Allison has overseen championship wins for Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso in the past.

Allison rejoined the Italian team three years ago after time with Renault and his first car design with the Scudiero won three races in 2015 but so far there has been no success for the Italian's this season with Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel fourth and fifth in the driver's championship respectively.

The 48 year old will be replaced at Ferrari by Mattia Binotto but is unlikely to be out of work for long with a whole host of British based teams likely to be interested in him.

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A statement by Ferrari said, "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.

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"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."

Allison's wife sadly passed away earlier in the year and many expected the move to leave Ferrari to come at some point so he could spend more time in England with his family. That will open him up to offers from the likes of McLaren and Renault, where he has worked on three occasions including when Alonso won two world titles in 2005 and 2006.

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Ferrari meanwhile continue their drive to win a first driver's world title since 2007 and a first constructors title since 2008.

(Via BBC Sport)

Topics: Formula One, Ferrari

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