Scuderia Ferrari and technical director James Allison have jointly decided to part ways after three years of working together, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
There’s been speculation about the Briton’s future with the Maranello-based outfit but the team insisted that it was just rumours. Allison had a difficult start to the 2016 Formula 1 season with the death of his wife after the Australian Grand Prix. Leaving him wanting to spend more time in the United Kingdom to be with his children.
In a statement released by Ferrari, it was clear that there was agreement between the two parties to end the contract early. As Allison’s contract with Ferrari ran until the end of 2017.
Team Principal, Maurizio Arrivabene said, “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 endeavors.”
Allison added, “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, replacing Allison at Ferrari.