Mercedes AMG Petronas announced the appointment of James Allison as the team’s new technical director replacing Paddy Lowe, who left for Williams F1. James recently left Ferrari and some speculation has been made about the reasons but certainly after experiencing very tragic personal family circumstances, a new position close to home makes a tremendous amount of sense.
“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport,” said Allison.
“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.
“I am really looking forward to playing my part in helping Mercedes go from strength to strength in the coming years.”
From the outside looking in, James has now repeated his situation at Ferrari when he came on board and inherited an existing car design and the 2017 season will be no different. How James can impact the pre-existing design will boil down to the car’s platform and how much development can be made to it during the course of the season.
Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said:
“I am delighted to welcome James to Mercedes and very much looking forward to working with him.
“Our technical team is extremely skilled at every level and at the top of its game after delivering three world championships in a row.
“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.
“James is a sharp engineer; I think we have found the perfect guy and the right fit with our senior leaders.”
It’s a good move for James and a good addition for Mercedes but we may not see the complete Allison magic until 2018 as he works on the next evolution of the car.