Ferrari confirms Allison to start as technical director in September

James Allison

James Allison

Ferrari F1 team on Monday confirmed reports that James Allison will join the Italian team, starting in September, and will take up the role of technical director.

We reported on Saturday that the Maranello based team is buying out the remainder of Briton Allison’s Lotus contract.

“It is believed Allison could get to work (at Ferrari] in the early autumn”, working alongside Pat Fry and Nicolas Tombazis, the Finnish newspaper Turun Sanomat had claimed.

Indeed, in a media statement on Monday, Ferrari said that Allison will start work as chassis technical director on 1 September.

Pat Fry moves sideways in the Ferrari heirarchy

Pat Fry moves sideways in the Ferrari heirarchy

It means Pat Fry is stepping sideways into a new position within in the team, that of director of engineering.

Both men will report directly to team boss Stefano Domenicali, who left Budapest on Sunday having to deny reports Ferrari could lose Fernando Alonso to Red Bull at the end of the year.

Asked if he is worried, the Italian insisted: “No.

“For sure, Fernando is an asset to the team. First of all we have a contract with him,” he is quoted by the Daily Mail.

“We need him to work very closely with everyone because after all this is a difficult moment in the season.

“It’s about teamwork. We have to deliver a job. Full stop. This is the same for everyone, not only for him,” Domenicali added. (GMM)

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