Toto Wolff backed Allison’s decision and welcomed her replacement.
Mike Elliott to relieve James Allison from July 1 as technical director of the Formula 1 champion team, Mercedesthe organization announced on Friday.
Allison will step away from the day-to-day management of technical operations and take on the new role of chief technical officer, working closely with the Brackley and Brixworth factories.James Allison and Toto Wolff, heads of the Mercedes F1 team since 2017. Getty
“I strongly believe that people have a useful life in high-level positions in this sport, and I have chosen to move away from my role as technical director to pass the position at the right time for the organization and for me,” Allison said in a release.
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“I have had a wonderful four and a half years as technical director, and it has been a special privilege to lead the team’s technical effort in that time.”
The 53-year-old Briton arrived at Mercedes in 2017, as a replacement for the late Paddy Lowe. and after a season with Ferrari, where he was also technical director; Allison left Italy to return to England after the death of his wife.
“We have known for a while that his time as technical director would come to an end this year and I am delighted to have been able to shape this new role and keep it within our motorsports family,” said team boss Toto Wolff.
“He will be an important partner for me for years to come and I know we still have a lot to accomplish together. We often say that the organization is a dynamic team and that we have to continually adapt if we are to truly prosper.”
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Elliott started at McLaren and joined Mercedes from Renault in 2012 as head of aerodynamics before becoming the team’s chief technology officer in 2017.
Wolff said the changes put the team “in the best possible position for the next era of sport.”
F1 will have major technical rule changes in 2022 before a new engine is introduced in 2025.
Mercedes has won the last seven drivers and constructors’ titles, an unprecedented feat in world championship history.
They won this year’s first Grand Prix in Bahrain, despite Red Bull looking faster over the weekend, with the seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton.