Ferrari set to buy out Allison’s Lotus contract

James Allison

James Allison

Ferrari are set to buy out the remainder of former Lotus technical director James Allison contract with the Enstone team, according to a report in Turun Sanomat newspaper, following reports that the Briton is definitely headed to Maranello.

Correspondents Luis Vasconcelos and Heikki Kulta report that Allison neared an agreement with Honda, initially to build a test car ahead of the Japanese manufacturer’s return as works engine supplier to McLaren in 2015.

But when McLaren “did not support the idea” of a Honda test car, Allison’s eyes reportedly turned back to Ferrari, where he worked between 2000 and 2005.

“It is believed that Allison could get to work [at Ferrari] in the early autumn”, working alongside Pat Fry and Nicolas Tombazis, Turun Sanomat added. (GMM)

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