James Allison Commitments to Mercedes Future as Technical Director

Mercedes has received a long-term commitment from James Allison, who will continue his role as technical director for the F1 team.


By Ben Bush
Published on January 18, 2024

James Allison Commitments to Mercedes Future

James Allison has reaffirmed his long-term commitment to Mercedes by continuing in his role as technical director, an announcement made by the Formula 1 team.

Joining Mercedes in 2017 as technical director, Allison played a pivotal role in achieving four drivers’ titles and securing five consecutive Constructors’ Championships.

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Following his tenure as chief technical officer, Allison resumed his position as technical director in April 2023, marking a strategic shift by the former world champions to address early-season challenges.

Mercedes disclosed to Sky Sports News that this change involved a role swap with Mike Elliott, who took over as chief technical officer. This reshuffle traces back to 2021, when Elliott initially stepped in as technical director, succeeding Allison, who then embraced the newly-established role of chief technical officer.

“F1 has brought me a lot of good fortune, but none greater than answering Toto’s call to join Mercedes in 2017,” Allison said upon signing his new contract.

“It is a great privilege to continue this adventure, working alongside brilliant colleagues and fighting together for championship success.”

Toto Wolff, the team principal and CEO of Mercedes, further commented: “His gladiator spirit, along with his knowledge, experience, and determination, make him second-to-none. His influence and impact, however, goes so much further than that. Since joining in 2017, he has been a key ally and sparring partner for me personally.

“We can challenge each other openly and honestly; an embodiment of the ‘tough love’ culture of the team that is vital in helping us all perform at our very best. Most importantly though, James is a true friend you can rely on, not only in times of success but in difficult moments too.

“It has been a pleasure to work with him over the past seven years and I look forward to doing so for many more to come.”

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