James Allison to join Mercedes AMG Petronas in the newly-created role of Technical Director. He will start work on March 1, rather earlier than expected. His role will fill a gap left by the departure of Paddy Lowe, whoc is expected to start working at Williams soon.
James has had a distinguished career in Formula 1 engineer, being a key player in World Championships with both Ferrari and Renault. Allison will report directly to Toto Wolff, who now takes over responsibility for running the whole team.
“It’s a massive privilege to be given the trust of a position in a team that has done so spectacularly well in the past three seasons,” Allison said. “I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
Wolff said that Allison is the perfect man for the job.
“It wasn’t an easy task to find the right personality who can strengthen our experienced group of engineers, give our talented young team members the space to develop and also bring his own vision to this role,” he said. “James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”