James Allison leaves Ferrari

Image result for james allisonFerrari and technical director James Allison have jointly decided to part ways, the team announced on Wednesday.

Allison departs the Italian squad three years after joining from Lotus.

Mattia Binotto will take on the role of chief technical officer, having previously been power unit director.

“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,” said Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

Allison commented: “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.”

Allison’s departure comes amid a slightly disappointing campaign for the Scuderia, during which they have yet to register a victory.

Ferrari poised for engine boost in Canada

Ferrari will introduce an engine step at the Canadian Grand Prix as part of a major Formula 1 development push.
Although power units are homologated, Ferrari believes that performance gains can be made by running its engines with more aggressive settings now that it is more comfortable with reliability.
Ferrari technical director James Allison said: “On the engine side, the only changes that you are allowed to make to hardware are for reliability so there is no opportunity for performance there.
“But there is a lot of opportunity to get more horsepower out of the same hardware as you increase your confidence in how hard you can push it.
“As time goes by on the dynos, you learn exactly where you can exploit the performance more, and that brings you confidence to bring new settings at the track that deliver actual horsepower to the wheels.
“That happens continuously and we do have a step in that direction coming in Canada.”
Allison says that car updates should also come on tap over the next few grands prix.
“We bought some upgrades to China that worked reasonably well. The car had a good weekend there – that was a combination of some improvements that we made and a track that suited us a little bit better.
“We bought some things to Spain as well, but it was a much more modest set of pieces.
“All the big teams have similar sized facilities and a similar approach to work, so it is very difficult to achieve a rate of improvement that is substantially different to the people we are fighting with.
“However, we’ve had a race or two where the pieces we brought to the track were useful but not big steps forward. We hope in the coming races to have a more steady progression of things which we hope will lift us up.”

Allison Wants 2013 Ferrari Improvement

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James Allison, Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Monza, 2013New Ferrari technical director James Allison has targeted an improved performance from the team over the final four races.
“The Korean and Japanese Grands Prix were both disappointing for us as our car was not right at the front or winning, which is not the level we should be at,” said Allison, who joined Ferrari from Lotus earlier this year.
“However, the team performed very well at the track with a group that is strategically very astute and we have drivers who can bring the car home in good positions. But those results are not what we are aiming for, so we need to improve for the remaining races.”
Allison is returning to Ferrari after nine years at Renault and Lotus. He said: “There’s excitement but also a lot of nostalgia as this is a team with whom I share many happy memories of all the victories from 2000 to 2004.”
“So nostalgia, excitement and pleasure at seeing so many faces I remember from before, who were junior members in the team when I was here the last time, but have now grown up with the team and hold senior positions.
“But most of all I have a feeling of determination to play my part alongside everyone else, in returning to victory with this team.”
Allison added there have been “many changes within the Scuderia” while he was away.
“The team is bigger and more complex, but its character, its emotion is very similar and recognisable the moment you walk through the door. You can also feel the hunger to win again.”

Ferrari: ”No Crisis with Fernando”

Jules Bianchi, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2011Ferrari insists there is no breakdown in its relationship with Fernando Alonso – despite president Luca di Montezemolo’s unhappiness at comments made by the Spaniard.
Di Montezemolo issued a rebuke of Alonso’s conduct after the Hungarian Grand Prix, when the Spaniard told interviewers that he wanted “a car like the others” as a birthday present.
The president’s comments calling for unity prompted speculation that Ferrari was facing an internal crisis.
But a team spokesman said on Tuesday that despite the flashpoint, di Montezemolo and Alonso were unified in their desire to push Ferrari on to a stronger second half to the campaign.
“Di Montezemolo is the first to support our driver’s call to improve the car’s competitiveness as quickly as possible,” said the spokesman.
“He fully understands Fernando’s frustrations after what has been the most challenging race of the year. He is his chief supporter and has full trust in him.
“His words must be viewed as a positive injection. They were a boost in motivation to inspire the team and to be united toward our common objective.”
Ferrari has already begun ramping up its efforts to ensure that it can deliver the car that Alonso needs to fight for the championship.
It has been testing this week at Magny-Cours with a 2011 car to complete a programme to check its simulator and track correlation.
The test is taking place on Pirelli’s demonstration tyres, and the team has completed the necessary approval process with the FIA for running the car.
Furthermore, the team is upbeat about the impact of the technical restructure that will take place following the imminent arrival of James Allison as its new chassis technical director.
Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Hungarian GP 2013, HungaroringAllison will work alongside director of engineering Pat Fry, and is to take charge of all design aspects of the car as well as aerodynamic development.
Fry will be in charge of vehicle dynamics, simulations, trackside engineering and strategy.
The bid to separate the roles come amid a realisation from team principal Stefano Domenicali that the structure needed to be reinforced, and that Fry should focus on the area where he was strongest.
The Ferrari spokesman added: “James’ arrival alongside Pat is surely a boost and sets the basis for a very strong and balanced technical team.
“James has always been a highly regarded engineer and he completes a process initiated by Stefano Domenicali to reinforce the technical department.”

Allison set to Leave Lotus

James AllisonLotus technical director James Allison, one of the most highly regarded design engineers in F1, is to leave the team.
Lotus are expected to imminently announce Allison’s departure, and his replacement by Nick Chester.
It is not known which team Allison is joining, but Ferrari are strong favourites.
Allison has had an offer from McLaren, which he is understood to have turned down, and has also been approached by Williams and Mercedes.
His departure is a blow to Lotus, whose driver Kimi Raikkonen is second in the world championship to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, ahead of the fifth race of the season in Spain this weekend.
Allison’s future has been the subject of fevered speculation in F1 for some weeks.
He has been linked to all the top teams – Red Bull, McLaren, Ferrari and Mercedes – as well as Williams.
But a Red Bull source dismissed the notion that Allison would be joining them and BBC Sport understands Allison has rejected an offer from McLaren.
Mercedes motorsport director Toto Wolff told BBC Sport that Allison had been approached by the team’s non-executive director during the winter but that it was “historical” and appeared to rule out his appointment.
Mercedes have already signed former McLaren technical director Paddy Lowe, who will join the team in 2014 in a senior technical role overseeing the team’s current structure.
If Allison does move to Ferrari, it is unclear what role he would take – the team’s technical director Pat Fry has been in his role for less than two years.
Fry and Allison have previously been colleagues, at the Benetton team in the 1990s.
Allison worked at Ferrari for five years from 2000, the period during which they dominated F1 with Michael Schumacher, before moving back to Renault – which was renamed Lotus in 2012 – in 2005 as deputy technical director.
He was in that role as Fernando Alonso won his two titles for the team in 2005-6 and was promoted to technical director in 2009.