James Allison (motorsport)

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James Allison
Allison fry 2014.jpg
Allison (left) with Pat Fry in 2014
Born (1968-02-22) 22 February 1968 (age 50)
Louth, Lincolnshire, England[1]
Nationality United Kingdom British
Citizenship British
Education Aerospace engineer
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Formula One Technical Director
Years active 1991–present
Employer Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport
Known for F1 car designer
Title Chief Technical Director
Predecessor Paddy Lowe

James Allison (born 22 February 1968)[2] is an English motor sport designer and engineer, best known for his accomplishments in Formula 1, where he is the current Technical Director of Mercedes-AMG.

Early life[edit]

Born in Louth, Lincolnshire,[2] the son of former Royal Air Force officer, Air Chief Marshal Sir John Allison, James was educated at Abingdon School and Cambridge.


Ferrari: 2000–2005[edit]

After graduating from Cambridge in 1991,[3] Allison joined the aerodynamics department of the Benetton Formula One team.[4] After a couple of years at Benetton he moved to Larrousse as Head of Aerodynamics[4] before returning to Benetton as Head of Aerodynamics in the mid-1990s.[4] In 2000, he moved to Ferrari for five years.

Renault/Lotus: 2005–2013[edit]

Allison returned to Benetton (by then known as Renault F1) in the role of Deputy Technical Director in 2005.[3] In 2009 Allison moved to the role of Technical Director.[4] In 2011, Renault F1 became Lotus Renault GP before becoming Lotus F1 in 2012.

Return to Ferrari: 2013–2016[edit]

On 8 May 2013, Allison quit as Lotus F1 Team Technical Director to be replaced by Nick Chester.[5] On 29 July 2013 Allison officially re-joined Ferrari as Chassis Technical Director and then Technical Director until July 2016.[1] [6] On 27 July 2016 Allison quit as Scuderia Ferrari Technical Director following a personal tragedy.[7]

Mercedes AMG: 2017–present[edit]

On 16 February 2017 Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport announced that Allison is to join the squad in the newly-created role of Technical Director, following the recent departure of Paddy Lowe to Williams Grand Prix Engineering. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Scuderia > James Allison". Scuderia Ferrari. Ferrari S.p.A. Retrieved 13 February 2014.
  2. ^ a b Hughes, Mark (16 February 2017). "How Allison differs from Lowe". Motor Sport. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b "People: James Allison". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "Lotus F1 Team::James Allison". Lotus F1 Team. Retrieved 7 December 2012.
  5. ^ "Allison quits Lotus". EatSleepSport. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013.
  6. ^ "Ferrari: James Allison leaves role as technical director". BBC Sport.
  7. ^ "James Allison leaves Ferrari". Sky Sports.
  8. ^ "Allison to join Mercedes as technical chief".