Scuderia Ferrari has announced that it has parted ways with its technical director James Allison. In his place, the team has promoted Mattia Binotto as Chief Technical Officer.
Allison started his career at Benetton (most recently badged as Lotus and now Renault again), alternating between it and Ferrari. He most recently moved back to the Prancing Horse team as technical director along with Kimi Raikkonen in 2013. But in the midst of a dismal season, in which Ferrari has yet to score a single Grand Prix victory, it was evidently time for a change of guard in Maranello.
His successor, Mattia Binotto, has been with Ferrari since 1995, most recently heading up its engine department.
The second highest position in the team isn’t the only one that has changed in recent years. The office of team principal has seen the most turnover, with Stefano Domenicali (now CEO of Lamborghini) replaced in 2014 by the company’s American chief Marco Mattiacci, then shortly thereafter by former Marlboro exec Maurizio Arrivabene.
We’ve seen similar turnover even higher up the ladder, with Luca di Montezemolo ousted as chairman and chief executive Amedeo Felisa stepping down. Both their jobs have been filled by Sergio Marchionne, who also serves as CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles from which Ferrari is now legally separated.