James Allison (motorsport)

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James Allison
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Allison (left) with Pat Fry in 2014
Born (1968-02-22) 22 February 1968 (age 48)
Louth, Lincolnshire, England[1]
Nationality United Kingdom British
Education Aerospace engineer
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Occupation Chassis Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari.
Years active 1991-2016
Employer Scuderia Ferrari

James Allison (born in Louth, Lincolnshire, England, on 22 February 1968) is a designer, engineer, and former Technical Director of Scuderia Ferrari. He is the son of former RAF officer, Air Chief Marshal Sir John Allison

Educated at Abingdon School and Cambridge. After graduating from Cambridge in 1991,[2] Allison joined the aerodynamics department of the Benetton Formula One team.[3] After a couple of years at Benetton he moved to Larrousse as Head of Aerodynamics[3] before returning to Benetton as Head of Aerodynamics in the mid-1990s.[3] In 2000, he moved to Ferrari for five years, before returning to Benetton (by then known as Renault F1) in the role of Deputy Technical Director in 2005.[2]

In 2009 Allison moved to the role of Technical Director.[3] In 2011, Renault F1 became Lotus Renault GP before becoming Lotus F1 in 2012.

On 8 May 2013, Allison quit as Lotus F1 Team Technical Director to be replaced by Nick Chester.[4]

On 29 July 2013 Allison officially re-joined Ferrari as Chassis Technical Director and then Technical Director until July 2016.[1] [5]

On 27 July 2016 Allison quit as Scuderia Ferrari Technical Director after reports of Allison falling out with new president Sergio Marchionne.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Scuderia > James Allison". Scuderia Ferrari. Ferrari S.p.A. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "People: James Allison". GrandPrix.com. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Lotus F1 Team::James Allison". Lotus F1 Team. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Allison quits Lotus". EatSleepSport. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ferrari: James Allison leaves role as technical director". BBC Sport. 
  6. ^ "James Allison leaves Ferrari". Sky Sports.