Ferrari has confirmed technical director James Allison has parted company with the Italian Formula One team.
The team issues a short media statement confirming the Englishman’s departure after three years in the job.
“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 endeavours,” said team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.
“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” added Allison.
“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.”
Officially the depature was a joint decision, however Allison has been under pressure for some time from senior management.
Expected to challenge Mercedes for the world championship this year, Ferrari is currently winless.
It’s prompted Ferrari chairman Sergio Marchionne to heap pressure on the entire team, with reports claiming he’s been sitting in on technical meetings.
Marchionne has also claimed that it has the drivers needed to mount a world championship charge, and it must deliver them a car good enough to do so – something in his role as technical director Allison was responsible for.
A recent approach to Ross Brawn also seemed to undermine Allison’s role, Ferrari hoping to recruit the man who was part of its dream team in the early 2000s in a consultancy role.
Brawn however refused the offer, stating he was currently not interested in returning to Formula One.
Allison’s departure from Ferrari sees Mattia Binotto promoted into the role of technical director though quite what this will achieve is unclear.
Success for teams typically comes from stability, which currently appears to be lacking within the Scuderia.
The continual comments from Marchionne serve only to fuel speculation in the press, undermining various key personnel’s roles within the team.
During its glory years one of the key factors in the prolonged success at Ferrari was the stability it had among personnel, a fact repeated at both Red Bull and currently at Mercedes.
While it’s important to have the right staff at the helm, the question really is can Binotto add more than Allison – and will the company’s bosses afford him the opportunity to succeed?