Ferrari name Allison as chassis technical director
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Posted By: James Allen  |  29 Jul 2013   |  3:23 pm GMT  |  78 comments

Ferrari have announced former Lotus technical director James Allison will join the team on September 1.

Allison, a highly-rated engineer in F1, left Lotus in May. The deal to join Ferrari, who have struggled for form in recent races, was done back in June, around the time of the Canadian Grand Prix.

In a statement, Ferrari said he will work alongside Pat Fry, who will take on a new position of director of engineering, with both men reporting directly to team boss Stefano Domenicali.

Allison and Fry previously worked together at Benetton in the early 1990s.

This will be Allison’s second stint with Ferrari as he worked for them between 2000-2005 when the team enjoyed considerable success with Michael Schumacher.

He then moved to Renault, which later became Lotus, when Fernando Alonso won the title in 2005 and 2006. He was made technical director in 2009.

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Alonso would be a fool to leave now. Any news on the growing rumor that Kimi agreed to terms with Ferrari last Thursday James?


Nothing firm


Why didn’t he have to go on a longer “gardening leave”. Didn’t he have a contract with Lotus?


Wouldn’t be surprised if some money didn’t change hands over it.

Simon Hargreaves Wani

Ferrari is number one in formula 1.Everyone want to drive for the team but it is only for the chosen few.There is s major problem and has always been for years with the qualifying.Can you imagine that redbull never really has a bad day.So much for wind tunnel issues they need another story to sell to the tifosi.The car is definately a dog and Alonso is doing his utmost to produce the best.Massa is smoking some else though.They can not rebuke Alonso for saying what all of us who have watched our favourite Ferrari move from all conquering to an also run.A drinks company beating a company that makes racing cars now looks like its going to be 4 years in a row.Not acceptable,sorry.


The Red Bull F1 team are not a drinks company. They are a racing team owned/sponsored by a drinks company. As they have proved, they are every bit as capable as any other F1 outfit.

Simon Hargreaves Wani

hi all glad to be on the forum


Had to be done. Ferrari already on the limit with the driver personnel in Alonso. Need infrastructure support to match. Good move but may be too late if Alonso entertaining Red Bull. Even if a rumor, sends message to Ferrari to get their act together.If they cannot get engineering to match, Alonso is saying he will go find it himself. Ouch.


Hello James, off topic.

In the Australian newspapers today was a story about Australia’s first F1 Driver Tony Gaze who past at the age of 93.

He was also a ww2 fighter pilot.

Do you have anything you can tell us about him?


Check out Joe Saward’s blog. There’s a nice article on there. Sorry James!


If lotus was willing to match Ferrari’s offer then I would struggle to understand why he would leave such a good team.


The rumour is that Allison left even without a confirmed contract elsewhere as he was so unhappy with several people put in place by the new Lotus management.

It must have been bad though as Allison has said many times he’d struggle to move back to Italy with his young family now. So probably he found enstone intolerable to make such a bold dash for the exit…


I read about those rumors too. However Lotus in twitter said yesterday it was a good fit for Ferrari because both are legendary. So I don´t think things betweem them are so bad.


Exactly. ‘Lotus’ are just an trading company of Genii Capital, who are basically a bunch of hedge-fund managers.


The media team at Lotus are not the same as the parachuted management figures. It’s not one happy family for sure.


Given their respective budgets I doubt Lotus could match any offer made by Ferrari, which of course would have been a big factor in his decision to switch and could well be the only reason.


To be honest, to me it looks like Ferrari employs more skillful copy writers than engineering personnel judging by how their cars have been performing over the last few years and the scripts their leaders have been reading out to us in their ‘conferences’, ‘journalist gatherings’, etc.

So much proud talk but nothing to show for it.


James, perhaps u can call in a few favours and get him on your next podcast 🙂


Well it is more like Kimi that saves his tires than Lotus car. Just look at Grosjean always doing one more pit stop

Alexander Supertramp

Great news, F1 needs a competitive Ferrari!


Too late to have any real impact this season, but perhaps he can help them for 2014.


I don’t think this will make much difference. Ferrari needs to understand its fundamental problems. If bringing in new personnel is the solution, then I suggest they replace both their drivers.


Good move, and Alonso should stay put. Once Ross Brawn is given the boot by Herr Lauda, probably in December, perhaps he’ll be on a plane to Maranello.


More than likely he’ll be on a plane to the West Indies to bank his hundreds of millions in a tax haven…


Does anyone think the next announcement from Ferrari in a few months time will be Pat Fry leaving the team?


F1 captivates a lot due to the rapid technological development, but now it seems that restrictions in the regulations creates even greater needs! It costs even more money and fewer teams have a chance to win.


Good,Good one invisages couple other changes

at Maranello during this four week summer break

Tombazis and in particular Domenicali must walk a truly non achieves.Mr Luca d M should talk to Ross Brawn to complite a dream team that was of no equal,Rory Byrne is back now

Allison too,Ross Brawn should replace Domenicali asap,simply put EXPERIENCE has no substitute, in any field.


Stop living in the past…


Never forget ” The World was Discovered in

the Wooden Boats”.

US, landed Man on the Moon 44 years ago.

Without the past you are no body, no direction

and no future.


As a Kimi/Lotus fan this one really hurts… I fear James saw the writing on the wall at Lotus financially and made the jump. Maybe Alonso will now go to Red Bull and Kimi can go back to Ferrari.. If Kimi went back to Ferrari and won another title I would lose my mind with excitement…


But seeing as Ferrari took a *HUGE* financial hit paying Kimi not to race because he didn’t want to, why would they even consider taking him back?


I thought they paid Kimi not to race because they wanted to put Alonso in the seat?


The market for the best “technical brains” is as interesting as the driver market.

Now that a number of teams have lost proven engineers, it can provide space for new talent to blossom! It will be exciting to follow Nick Chester, although he has been around for a while. James, would be interesting to hear your comment on which team that has the best creative designers.


Red Bull and Lotus simple!


Good move, although can’t see him making much of an impact this year, but hopefully he’ll be able to influence next years car.

Ferrari need to improve the qualifying pace of the car, without sacrificing their race pace. Hopefully they’ll have a good update come spa, and move forward again, should make for an entertaining second half of the season!



Can he start working straight away?


As for September 1st


Not until September.

Still a little unclear about the Byrne – Allison – Fry relationship and exactly who’s responsible for what.

What on earth is a Director of Engineering and how does that differ from Chassis Technical Director? I swear these titles are just being invented.


Of course they are. An incumbent isn’t going to happy with newcomers coming into their job, unless they can do the same/less for the same money and quietly disappear.


Sep 1st accordng to Autosports


He should have stayed with Lotus, Kimi deserves this man.


Or maybe he went ahead into Ferrari for Kimi to eventually follow suit and have the team built around Kimi this time


Probably he didn’t get paid as well …:0)


Congrats to Allison on getting this promotion with the greatest team in F1’s history. I can only imagine the trappings such a move comes with.

With Byrne and Allison teaming up, there is potential of a chain reaction happening here but most of the times, it’s never quite the same when we go back to the ex girlfriend (especially if it was us that were dumped) so I await to see how this all shakes up.

As for Domenicali, am surprised he will still be boss taking into account the fact Italians working at Ferrari usually don’t work out too well.


Well now it is official. Is Allison´s job the same he had at Lotus? I don´t think he would join Ferrari only to do the same thing despite that for sure we will be making more money.


“we”? it would be so nice if it were true 🙂


I meant he. I guess my subconcious betrays me sometimes



Good news for Ferrari, wish them well… so who’s ranked higher, James or Pat. Director of Engineering vs Chassis Technical Director… James take it away!

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