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Allison joins Mercedes, de Beer to Williams in Technical Appointments

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Some of the most respected technical minds in Formula 1 have joined new teams ahead of the start of the 2017 season.

James Allison has joined Mercedes as technical director, his first role since leaving the same position at Ferrari in July. Allison is the adequate replacement for Paddy Lowe after he left the team, with the role just being created after Lowe worked as an executive director (technical), working just below the Head of Motorsport Toto Wolff.

The 48-year-old will get to work with the team immediately. Allison has previously worked at four other F1 teams, Benetton, Larousse, Lotus, and Renault, claiming Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles at the latter team in the mid-2000s after a successful first spell with Ferrari at the start of the decade.

In recent years, he also helped mastermind Ferrari’s upturn in form in 2015 as Sebastian Vettel won three races for the team, their only wins during the last three and a half seasons.

He says that joining the team is an exciting opportunity and has plans on keeping the Silver Arrows on top of the sport.

“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport,” he said. “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.”

START OF WILLIAMS’ ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meanwhile, a former colleague of Allison, Dirk de Beer, has joined Williams as head of aerodynamics, the first announcement as part of what is expected to be the new Lowe era at the team.

He will begin work at the team from March 1. The move marks the first time in a long while that de Beer will not work alongside Allison after spells at Renault/Lotus (2008-13) and Ferrari (2013-16), when previously working at Sauber. He had even left the Italian team just one month after the Englishman.

The aerodynamicist is proud to be working with the experienced team as it approached its’ 40th year of racing in the sport.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Williams,” he said. “The team has an incredible heritage in F1, and I’m proud to now be a part of that. I’m looking forward to working with Dave Wheater and the Williams aero team to help continue driving forward the development of the car throughout the season and beyond.”

Some of the most respected technical minds in Formula 1 have joined new teams ahead of the start of the 2017 season.

James Allison has joined Mercedes as technical director, his first role since leaving the same position at Ferrari in July. Allison is the effective replacement for Paddy Lowe after he left the team, with the role just being created after Lowe worked as executive director (technical), working just below head of motorsport Toto Wolff.

The 48-year-old will get to work at the team immediately. Allison has previously worked at four other F1 teams, Benetton, Larousse, Lotus, and Renault, claiming Drivers’ and Constructors’ titles at the latter team in the mid-2000s after a successful first spell with Ferrari at the start of the decade.

In recent years, he also helped mastermind Ferrari’s upturn in form in 2015 as Sebastian Vettel won three races for the team, their only wins during the last three and a half seasons.

He says that joining the team is an exciting opportunity and has plans on keeping the Silver Arrows on top of the sport.

“I am very excited to be getting back to work after this time away from the sport,” he said. “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.”

START OF WILLIAMS’ ANNOUNCEMENTS

Meanwhile, a former colleague of Allison, Dirk de Beer, has joined Williams as head of aerodynamics, the first announcement as part of what is expected to be the new Lowe era at the team.

He will begin work at the team from March 1. The move marks the first time in a long while that de Beer will not work alongside Allison after spells at Renault/Lotus (2008-13) and Ferrari (2013-16), when previously working at Sauber. He had even left the Italian team just one month after the Englishman.

The aerodynamicist is proud to be working with the experienced team as it approached its’ 40th year of racing in the sport.

“I am extremely pleased to be joining Williams,” he said.

“The team has an incredible heritage in F1, and I’m proud to now be a part of that. I’m looking forward to working with Dave Wheater and the Williams aero team to help continue driving forward the development of the car throughout the season and beyond.”

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Cameron Paterson

Cameron Paterson has been a watcher of Formula 1 since 2007, a casual television watch evolved to watching and reading anything related to something with wheels and an engine. A fan of writing, it was a no-brainer about what to do to try and get into motorsport, consistently discussing things about this great sport since 2016.