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Allison committed to Ferrari amid Renault rumours

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Allison committed to Ferrari amid Renault rumours
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Jun 11, 2016, 7:58 PM

James Allison has made it clear he is fully committed to a future to Ferrari, sources at Maranello have revealed, despite speculation in the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix that Renault has been sounding him out.

Toto Wolff, Mercedes AMG F1 Shareholder and Executive Director with James Allison, Ferrari Chassis Technical Director
James Allison, Ferrari Chassis Technical Director
James Allison, Ferrari Chassis Technical Director
James Allison, Ferrari Chassis Technical Director with Maurizio Arrivabene, Ferrari Team Principal

The Ferrari technical director joined the Maranello outfit in 2013 after getting frustrated about the financial situation at the then Lotus team.

Since then he has helped get the team back to the winners' circle and is central to its efforts to deliver a first world championship title since Kimi Raikkonen's title in 2007.

His talent has marked him out as one of the most sought after men in the pitlane, and the Montreal paddock has been awash with speculation that Renault has made a bid to lure the Briton back there.

However, Ferrari sources insist that Allison is wholly committed to the Ferrari project and is fully focused on sorting out the 2017 car that the team hopes will allow it to regularly compete at the top.

Allison has faced a difficult year, following the death of his wife in the days after the Australian Grand Prix, and has been given extra freedom to spend more time at home.

Further, it is understood that should any team be properly interested in trying to lure Allison away then there would be a lengthy period of gardening leave involved.

Ferrari found out how frustrating that could be, when engineering chief Jock Clear had to sit out 2015 after being signed from Mercedes.

 

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